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The Daily Grace

Day 21: The Time After

Dec 26, 2017 | 30 Days of Joy, thirty-days projects | 3 comments

I woke up this December 26th thinking about the aftermath. The piles of boxes and torn wrapping paper. The dirty dishes. The no-holes-barred celebratory calories quite literally encircling my waist.

Even my heart felt heavy, the realization coming fast: Today my girl heads back home, to Atlanta.

It’s come and gone too soon, I thought. All those weeks of planning and preparation, and now Christmas has gone too soon.

Then I remembered these words from writer and minister Winn Collier, who put it like this:

Good news to all who woke a bit blue this morning. Christmastide is here! Christmas is a season, not a day. Advent asked us for many days of watching and waiting. Now Christmas asks us for 12 days of joy. Party on. Take time and eat well. Enjoy the ones you love. See good movies. Take walks. Give the kids a little extra space. Pray for peace and goodwill the world over. Save a little gift for a surprise later. In all, thank God for all the joy.

Light has come.

Let us rejoice and be glad!


30 Days of Joy


  1. Colleen

    So true, so perfect. I will strive to practice Christmastide.

  2. Wendy

    Oh, thank you! I’m putting up decorations today! I might leave them up until Valentine’s Day. Ha!

  3. Brad

    As I hoped, this did brighten my day a bit.

    Thank you, Cathy.


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