Start At the End

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
by Steve Webb

Have you ever had that feeling late in the day that you’re, well… running out of gas? Another example is the old country song, “Too Much Month at the End of the Money.”

Sometimes it’s predictable to run out of steam. Late in the day, week, month and even year we sometimes feel our energy, resolve, determination slipping away. We are inspired by those who make a dramatic comeback or have a late burst of energy. The best stories usually involve the “against the odds, last-minute heroics” to save the day. It’s human nature to get tired, but it’s also human nature to want to defy the odds.

The Christmas season begins about the time we flip that calendar the last time for the year. We’ve enjoyed a year of spring’s new growth, summer’s warmth, fall’s harvest, and we start looking at a somewhat bleak winter. It’s easy to find yourself wishing for warmer days, more sunlight hours, and more outside activity that doesn’t involve dressing in layers.

Celebrating Christ’s birth re-energizes us at a time when it would be all too easy to just hibernate. The story of His birth and the promise of new beginnings give us hope. The sparkle in the eyes of little ones remind us that joy is a gift, if we just choose to accept and share it. The simple, yet miraculous, story of Christmas can warm hearts and light up dark days. If we choose to focus on the joy, and let it drive out some of the other silliness of the season, we will gain not only our second wind, but a renewal of faith. A faith to not just get through the old year, but prepare us for the new.

Have a blessed Christmas!!!


Dear God, let us take the message of a miraculous birth to propel us into a new year. A year with a renewed focus on You. Amen.


TODAY: Pray for someone by name who is an aunt or uncle.