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The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flock,

 

The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry,

To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among brothers,

To make music in the heart.

 

Each January, I am reminded of these words by Howard Thurman. They remind us that Christmas is much more than a month-long frenetic season of activity and consumption. Christmas is God’s way of reminding the world that there is much work to be done. For us to experience the hope and promise that is offered in the birth of Christ, we must receive the gift in a way that allows it to transform our lives.

In the afterglow of Christmas, it is not enough to rejoice and celebrate. While we need to pause and experience the wonder of God’s gift, we must then do the work of Christmas. The sentimentality of the season is not what transforms lives. Good will is not the same as hope. The hope of Christmas is that people’s lives will be changed and transformed. The hope is that we will be touched and healed in a way that will free us to live the work of Christmas, as an intentional way of life. As Christians we are called to carry the spirit of Christmas in our hearts all year long. May each of us find a way to share the light of Christ wherever it is needed.

We must not pack away our Christmas spirit with our Christmas decorations. Long after the colorful lights on our trees, in our windows and around our doors are bundled up and put away, God’s light in us needs to shine. We need to be a light to one another throughout the year. We need to strengthen and encourage each other so that--together--we may be about “the work of Christmas.”

Amid our New Year’s resolutions, let us covenant together to be each other’s light amid the darkness. The burdens we carry, the grief we bear, our health concerns--all these things can weigh heavily on our hearts. Troubles don’t magically disappear and the change that we want to see in our lives most often happens gradually rather than overnight. We know that all of who we are and all of what we face in life will follow us into the New Year, but so too will God and the power of God in our lives. Throughout every experience we are blessed by a God who abides with us Emmanuel.

As we journey into this New Year, may God give us the wisdom and strength to see where and how we might love and serve God, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. Whatever the future may hold may we be led by the hope of Christmas. For when we are, the work of Christmas is really not work at all, but rather an opportunity to tell the story of God’s love for the world!

 

Blessings and peace,

Linda Bailey, Associate Pastor

 

 

 

Last Published: January 13, 2019 4:13 PM
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