“Christmas Work”

January 19th

“When the song of the angels is stilled.
When the star in the sky is gone.
When the kings and the shepherds have found their way home.
The work of Christmas is begun!”
These lines from Jim Strathdee’s song, “I Am The Light Of The World” rang out in my mind this morning. Well, maybe they were a little bit different:
“When radios stop blaring Christmas tunes
When the star on the tree is packed up
When the Manger and the stocks are all packed away
The work of Christmas is begun”
Yes, today all but the exterior Christmas lights frozen to the porch is packed and stored and ready for next years decorating extravaganza. And, as Jim Strathdee’s song reminds us, the work has begun. What God set into place through Jesus is set into action through us. The past celebration of His life is constantly revisited in the present revelation of Jesus alive and well and working through us.
What does that look like? Here are the remaining verses to “I Am The Light Of The World”
“To find the lost and lonely one,
To heal that broken soul with love,
To feed the hungry children with warmth and good food,
To feel the earth below the sky above!”
“To free the prisoner from his chains,
To make the powerful care,
To rebuild the nations with strength and goodwill,
To call a man your brother everywhere.”
To bring hope to every task you do,
To dance at a baby’s new birth,
To make music in an old man’s heart,
And sing to the colours of the earth!”
This the work of Christmas, in the middle of January, as I pen these words. In a blustery March when the weather can’t decide what it’s doing. During the invigorating rains of Spring or soul-warming glory of summer. We live because Jesus lived. We love because Jesus loved. We work because He lives and loves through us every moment of our lives.

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