Today is St. Stephen’s Day or to our British and Canadian friends it’s Boxing Day.
Some might remember the old Christmas carol of ‘Good King Wenceslas.’ The carol tells the story of Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907-935). The carol tells the story of the Bohemian king going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen. During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather but is enabled to continue by following the king’s footprints, step for step, through the deep snow.
The words of Jesus echo throughout the gospels, “come, follow me.” 2017 is just around the corner. We have no way of knowing what lies ahead. We do know, however, that when the trials of life become too hard to bear, we just need to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.