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Remnants of Christmas

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“The surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward,
and bear fruit upward; for from Jerusalem a remnant shall go out, and from Mount Zion
a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will do this.”
–Isaiah 37:31-32

I enjoy the season of having Christmas decorations up at my home. I put lights on the outside of the house and lights, a Christmas tree and other decorations on the inside of the house. I am also slow to take my Christmas decorations down. I always wait until after celebrating the arrival of the Magi on the Day of Epiphany, which is January 6th. Then I take my decorations down, but not all of them. I like to leave a remnant of Christmas. A remnant is a small trace of something remaining or what is left as a reminder. My small remnants of Christmas remind me of God with us through Jesus the Christ.

My remnant of Christmas is usually something like a string of lights I leave up around my mantel in the living room as a reminder of Christ as the Light of the world, or a few small ornaments that have special meaning, or a wreath to remind me of the ever-encircling love of God.

When I’m paying attention, I can see other remnants of Christmas. Last week when I was outside running one morning, a city truck was going through the neighborhood picking up Christmas trees left at the curb. Each tree was put in the grinder at the back of the truck and instantly ground into mulch. The smell of evergreen trees was a pungent reminder of Christmas and the ever-lasting, steadfast love of God.

Perhaps in this week we can still find some remnants of Christmas that can be reminders and small traces of the promise of Emmanuel, as God with us at Christmas and always. May those remnants grow roots and bear good fruit within and through us.