As we celebrate Advent and move into Christmas, we hopefully are made more aware of the presence of God in our lives.  We are called to be inspired by the stories, once again, to seek the hope, peace, joy, and love which come from our experience of the manger.   Next month, regular time can take over the progress we have made toward becoming a more hopeful, peaceful, joyful, and loving people.

We light the candle of Christ on Christmas Eve and for awhile, that light which punches holes in the darkness of our world shines brightly for us.  Many times we let that flame only burn for a little while.  Life seems to take over and our focus shifts.

But Jesus is still there…pointing us to a life that is fulfilling and sustaining throughout the year.  Long after the trees are put away and the holiday hustle and bustle gives way to regular time hustle and bustle, we are still called to be bearers of the “Light of the World”.

This poem reminds me that we never finish our work together.  God calls us all to continue the work of Christ in the world!

“When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled”

When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and the princes are home,

When the shepherds are back with their flocks,

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 people,

To make music in the heart.

                  -Howard Thurman

May you know the hope, peace, joy, and love of Christmas more fully this year than you ever have before!  Take time to enjoy the season!  Rest and relax!  You deserve it!  But remember…After all of our celebrations and relaxation, we have work to do.  When we all go back to regular time, that’s when Christmas really begins!

Merry Christmas!

Gary