After Sunday – Day Five to Six

We were reminded yesterday that Christmas is a season that begins with December 25.  We have twelve days of Christmas celebrating to do.start-being-more-productive

There are many forces that keep us from any kind of extended celebrating.  Perhaps the most notable is work – what we do to earn our living.  We are limited by our accumulated vacation.  Religion can be another deterrent to prolonged celebrating.  Some people begin to feel guilty if they aren’t being “productive” according to some set of spiritual standards.

In her message yesterday, Rachel suggested that the challenge is not to keep “Christ’ in Christmas; The challenge is to put “Christ” back into “Christian”.  Jesus doesn’t give us permission to be lazy.  But he does invite us to take his yoke upon us.  This is, he tells us, a burden that is light and a yoke that is easy.

Work.  Yes.  But celebrate.  Let your heart be filled with love and your mind be at peace.  God is among us.  Thanks to Abby – a seventh grader who, along with Rachel, our Pastor for Children, Youth & Young Adult Ministry – first reminded us, and then challenged us.  Keep Jesus at the center of it all – every day of the Christmas season, and all year long.

Have a good Monday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.