12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.

Christmas has come and gone yet again. How does this make you feel? Maybe you feel a little bit of a “let down.” There is such a build-up to this wonderful day, and then it’s over just as quick as it came. For many, it seems that the season of Advent cannot last long enough, and its end may bring about disappointment.

There are lots of disappointments in this world. But there is Someone we can cling to who will never disappoint us. In the moments of disappointment, it’s good to be reminded of the truth that God will not forsake us. It’s comforting to remember what we still have to look forward to. The best is yet to come. It will be better than all of the most wonderful Christmas experiences put together. Each year we celebrate Advent; yet, we should recognize that each Advent and Christmas season is part of a greater Advent season, as we continually watch and wait for the return of Jesus Christ.

• How might you seek to view all of the Christian life as a season of Advent?

• How does this speak to disappointments in life, including any post-holiday blues we might experience?

• Pray and thank God for the promised return of Christ, which provides continual hope for His people.