On the 12th day of Christmas we might hear the message for the first time. Maybe it takes this long for us to listen. Maybe the story doesn’t sink in until the candles are all melted away, the tree dried out and hauled to the curb, the trash filled with wrapping paper and empty boxes.
Maybe it takes us this long to realize how amazing and unbelievable it all is, that God would be willing to come into these dried-up, spent, stale lives of ours and make a home with us!
In the beginning was the Word. And God gets the last word, too. God’s Word for us is still life—life today and forever.
This message was adapted from “Devotions for the 12 Days of Christmas” by Lois Pallmeyer that appeared in the December 1997 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.