We made it through the holidays and everyone is getting back into the swing of things. As we pack up Christmas lights and decorations, clear out the last of the Christmas candy, and contemplate changing ourselves with the new year, it’s easy to leave the Spirit of Christmas behind us with the changing of the new year.
But the work of Christmas continues. I always get inspired when I hear Leslie sing, “The Work of Christmas” by Howard Thurman at the Lessons and Carols service, so I’ll share the words again with you.
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.
We are called to find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, and bring peace to the people. May you start this new year off, continuing the work of Christmas.