January 5, 2015
Finding the Unexpected by Craig Schloneger
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…
Every year my extended family puts forth much effort to get together for the holidays. I have two brothers that live in Indiana, and my parents live in Ohio. So no matter how irrational it seems, we always overcome our grumbling and prioritize a quick trip to Ohio to celebrate Christmas together.
This year, after juggling our personal schedules, we left Lancaster at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday and returned home by 11:00 p.m. the next day. We were tired, but the energy from being together and enjoying each other’s company more than compensated for the long trip.
I never regret travelling the distance because this is a significant family event and a special part of our annual Christmas tradition.
I’m reminded of others who’ve made long trips as well. Tomorrow concludes the end of the holiday season as January 6 represents Epiphany. Epiphany is the day that the wise men came to pay homage to the infant Jesus. They travelled a long distance and came bearing precious gifts for the new born King. I am sure that they came not knowing what to expect, but they made the effort and were rewarded beyond their understanding.
No matter how much we become distracted during a hectic holiday season, there is no way to escape the miraculous events on which this holiday is built.
As we enter into this New Year, my wish for you is that you may experience the unexpected, see the miraculous, and celebrate the joy that is all around us at our work and homes.
May you have a wonderful 2015!