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.