Now the Work of Christmas Begins

 

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“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 the flocks, then the work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart. 

And to radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.

Then the work of Christmas begins.”

~ Howard Thurman

 

The lights are down and the trees have been dismantled. We’ve packed away the gifts and eaten the last of the leftovers. Thoughts of Christmas are fading for another year.

However, the reflection above gives us pause.  Christmas is a beginning, not an ending. The Christ Child has been birthed and now the work begins. A labour of love.

Jesus entered this world humbly, as part of a family. He entered the world as we all do, overcoming obstacles and learning along the way.  He learned the trade of carpentry from his earthly father, Joseph, living and working respectfully alongside others.  As a child he grew in wisdom and understanding. He was present in the world, but before anything else, he was silent, listening and learning.

In the book, Faithful in All God’s House, authors Lester DeKoster and Gerard Berghoef explain that we are all called to “apprenticeship Christianity,” whereby we are guided and transformed by the Holy Spirit, and through this guidance, we are able to proclaim the truth and the goodness of God.

But first, obedience, and in order to be obedient to God’s Word, we need to be silent and listen. God is calling us “To find the lost, to heal those broken in spirit, to feed the hungry, to release the oppressed, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among all peoples, to make a little music with the heart. And to radiate the Light of Christ, every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.”

Yes, Christmas is a beginning. We have celebrated the birth of our Saviour, but now we need to do the work.