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.
By the time you read this, Christmas 2016 will have passed into memory and we will be poised on the brink of 2017. My past New Year resolutions have focused on individual efforts — be more organized; practice t’ai chi daily; clean up the RE office; call my mom every Sunday. All worthy resolutions indeed.
But this year is different. We all see the news articles, the Facebook posts, the outbursts or just feel a quiet, free floating anxiety. What to do? What to do?
Come to church. Here you will find solace. Here you will find companions on the journey. Here you will find calls to action. Here you will find music and song and a little bit of humor to help you through the darkness.
In that spirit, I share the words of another one of my heroes, Red Green: “Remember, I’m pulling for you. We’re all in this together.”
Rev. Leslie Woodward