Christmas Lives On

The day after Christmas we are still picking up shreaded wrapping paper and emptied toy boxes.  I feel like I have been stuffing myself with rich food for three days.  I think it’s because I have been stuffing myself with rich food for three days.  Christmas day 2011 has come and gone, but there are still evidences of that day all around.  Granted we will soon try to clean the house and I already have faint thoughts of starting some sort of diet to overcome my indulgences of our multiple celebrations with family, church(es), and friends.  What a Christmas!  We are up to six grandchildren and they help to make our family gatherings so very special.  Favorite moments that will become precious memories include the three newest grandbabies decked out in their Christmas outfits including the youngest in his Santa suit sitting on the sofa posed for shots taken on cameras and cellphones, though children under six months old do not fully comprehend the word, “pose.”  Sounds of laughter rang out as these precious offspring grabbed each other by the feet, by Santa’s hat and poked at each other’s cheeks (great facebook fodder).  Another very emotional moment for me caught me by surprise.  We had just finished a nice dinner at my daughter’s home when my oldest grandson sang Silent Night with perfect pitch in his sweet child voice.  It was not just cute, nor was it just a celebration that he was unmistakably musical, but it overwhelmed me to realize that the heritage of celebrating Christ’s birth, singing His praise, even worshiping Him was in process of being passed on to the next generation right before my eyes.  Cherished moments and memories I’ll not forget.

 

Christmas day may be over for 2011 and though many believers will continue observance of Christmastide for days longer, most evangelicals tend to move on toward the opportunity afforded by a new year to progress toward organizational goals.  Leading worshipers includes opportunity and perhaps even responsibility to direct their sensibilities connecting the things of God and Kingdom to the present context.  Rather than simply moving on to rather corporate business models of new beginnings in a new year, why not help our churches bask a bit longer in the great truth of Christmas that God is with us.  The power of the living church is found only in the living God.  Our Christmas message regarding the profundity of the birth of Jesus can hardly seem legitimate to unbelievers when we so quickly check its celebration off our proverbial list as if to say, “yeah, yeah, Jesus was born….Now, on to the next thing. “  Could worship leaders help point worshipers back from time to time toward the profound nature of Jesus’ birth?  Can we so quickly “move on” from contemplation of when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us?  Could we help the believers in our care to more deeply continue reflection upon ways in which the Lord is alive in our daily lives?  Could we help them slow down life pace to see and hear the Word in our worship?

 

Can we help worshipers continue the prayer we likely prayed in song more than once through the season?

 

O come to us abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel

 

May the living Spirit of Christ be made known in our lives, our churches, in our worship, and in our world today.

 

Paul

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