In a few days the madness will be over.The stores will be back to their normal hours. The Christmas lights – well most of them – will be coming down. Parties will be over. Wrapping paper is in the trash. All the fudge eaten. The important thing for us is what we do after we celebrate the birth of Jesus. When the carols stop, the lights turned off, and the night is no longer silent what do we do? After the angels left and heaven was silent, the shepherds went to see Jesus.
The shepherds had heard from heaven and they acted. They would never have to look back on their lives and say I wish I would have done something with the message that the angels had shared with us. Never would they have to say, “I wish I would’ve ….” How many times will we say that?
Howard Thurman has a poem entitled “The Work of Christmas.” He says, “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 flock, 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 brothers, To make music in the heart.”
Do something. Live the life that God has given. Empower others. Live like you have heard the angels sing. Go ahead live like the shepherds. Live like you have heard the greatest news in the world!