West Chelmsford United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 20, 2019
The last few weeks, during Advent and Christmas, are one of the most significant (and busiest) seasons of the church year, so there’s been lots to do around the church.
It is also a busy time in my family life, as it is in yours. And so for the last few weeks I have found myself saying more and more often, “I’ll deal with that after Christmas.” The Christmas holiday looms so large in front of us that it is hard to think of anything else.
I needed to get some routine work done on my car, but I decided: I’ll think about that after Christmas. I needed to organize a meeting of a committee in our district that I chair, but I decided: I’ll think about that after Christmas. And on it goes as Christmas approaches and our focus gets narrower and narrower. Just before Christmas I realized I
probably shouldn’t do so much putting things off until after Christmas, and I need to think about a better way to handle the holidays; I decided to think about that, too after Christmas.
But as I am writing this article, Christmas has already come and gone. And now that “after Christmas” time has arrived. The car still needs to be repaired, and that meeting still needs to be organized. My guess is that you have a list of “after Christmas” tasks as well.
As we begin a new year there are always concerns and tasks left over from the previous year. Whatever you left to “deal with after Christmas” still needs to be dealt with. For all the good that the holidays do in our lives, they can also be a convenient excuse to avoid what we don’t want to deal with. In my case, car repairs certainly fit that description!
But by the grace of God, the holidays can better prepare us for what we need to do in the new year. The holidays don’t change our after-Christmas to-do lists; but they can change us. It is my hope and prayer that the Advent and Christmas seasons gave you and me a renewed faith in a God who keeps promises, and who loved you and me and the rest of the world enough to send Jesus Christ as one of us - God in human form - to redeem a broken world to a loving God. As God’s redeemed people we are empowered by God to live faithful lives and to
face the challenges of our lives with grace and hope. That’s a great truth for us to deal with after Christmas, or at any other time.


Reverend Mack