It’s normal to feel a bit of a let-down after Christmas, right? People are gone, the house is a mess, the office is quiet, I count how many calories are in a Christmas cookie and how many cookies I ate… and stop counting…
I wonder if that isn’t an important piece of the Christmas experience? That lull after the hubbub of the holiday? We had stars and angels and wise men and a baby…So, now what? Well, not being a theologian, my take on this next part goes like this:
Now, we act.
Now, while the baby is growing and learning and preparing for his ultimate purpose, so should we.
Now, in this post-holiday blur, we tend to what’s in front of us. We clean up the mess, we get back to the gym, we reconnect with the everyday and we continue on our path leading to our ultimate purpose. We set about tidying our corner of the world to make it more heaven-like, here and now. God’s arrived on earth: now we need to clean the place up for his presence. We don’t dust and sweep and polish because he needs a clean spot: we make the effort together so we see what’s in store for us. We create God’s kingdom right here, right now, with the people around us. We honor them by putting our best foot forward; by offering to share our food and whatever we have.
Charities all over the world experience an influx of gifts and donations during the Christmas season---we suddenly remember the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the neglected. Now that we’re moving past the intensity of the holidays, those same challenges await. People need us all year ‘round. And we need them. Our paths are different but every one of us has challenges and disappointments and barriers. Walking together and sharing the load helps all of us.
The world needs you---and me--- and our energy now. This creating a version of God’s kingdom on earth takes work, it takes the skills of all of us. A place where we can all eat well and sleep in peace, where we can find meaning in our work and satisfaction in our efforts, where we can care for our families and laugh with our friends: that’s one version of heaven on earth, and it’s the work I think Jesus calls us to do. So by all means, take a breath. Recover from the hoopla. But don’t take too long. A kingdom awaits.