Posted by: morgan1965 | January 5, 2010

Now That Christmas Is Over

Each year when we enter into the Advent season of the Christian year, we anticipate the coming of the Christmas event. Advent 2009 brought with it an air of expectancy and hope. After our waiting, Christmas day came upon us. We celebrated and exchanged gifts with family and friends.

There are times, in the midst of all the exchanges of gifts, when we forget that our most precious gift is Jesus Christ. Jesus, the Gift of Love, gave his life for each one of us. There is no greater gift.

Quite often our Christmas gifts that we receive come with a “gift receipt”, so that the gift recipient can return/exchange the gift if deemed appropriate. Jesus already has paid the price for us by sacrificing his love and this sacrifice does not come with a “gift receipt.” We cannot exchange the gift of salvation on a whim. We simply must claim the Gift.

Well, Christmas 2009 is over. Perhaps you already have taken down your Christmas decorations. The New Year 2010 has started. It is time to move on and live into a new decade.

Howard Thurman reminds us that now is the time to do “The Work of Christmas” during 2010. Thurman’s poem is titled “The Work of Christmas” [“The Mood of Christmas” by Howard Thurman] and I invite you to ponder the words of this compelling poem:

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 flock,
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 brothers,
To make music in the heart.

Let’s get on with the work [ministry and mission] of Christmas, and do it in the wonderful name of Jesus.

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