When the song of the angels is silent
When the star in the sky is gone
When the kings and princes are home
When the shepherds are again tending their sheep
When the manger is darkened and still
The work of Christmas begins --
To find the lost
To heal the broken
To feed the hungry
To rebuild the nations
To bring peace among people
To befriend the lonely
To release the prisoner
To make music in the heart.
-- Howard Thurmond in Parables Etc. >>
Mary and Joseph followed the usual routine – circumcised at eight days, purification at 40 days. At some point moved into a house. But things kept happening – angels and shepherds, magi, dreams with warnings, etc.
What about us today? Nothing is the same after having a baby – no longer free to come and go when you want, two o’clock feedings, etc.; but life goes on. What difference does the birth of Christ make for us after the holiday is over?