Many people are now experiencing an after Christmas let-down. The gifts are opened, the parties are over, family and friends have gone home. Hopefully, as Christians, we see Christmas as a beginning, not an end. Advent is only the start of the liturgical year, and when Christmas Day is over, the Christ candle remains and is lit during our services to symbolize the presence of Jesus with us and His ministry on earth. That ministry now belongs to us, His body, the church. Below is a poem composed by Howard Thurman, and African-American theologian, educator and civil rights leader. It expresses my thoughts well:
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 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 the people,
to make music in the heart.
How are you planning to carry Christmas forward into the New Year? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
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