Tag Archives: The Work of Christmas

On keeping Christmas

Now is not the time to let down your guard. The Grinch who stole into town on Christmas Eve to steal Christmas was not the real threat. He was only a diversion. And he turned out to be a pretty ineffective one. It’s the other Grinch who is the real threat. You’ll remember that the […]

Your light has come

The main problem with Christmas, I sometimes think, is the infant Jesus. The sweet babe of Bethlehem is such a winsome figure, it’s easy to romanticize him and forget Simeon’s words when Mary presented her newborn son in the temple: “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and […]

God is everywhere for everyone

The best laid schemes of mice and men, poet Robert Burns observed, often go astray.1 It’s a truth I remembered as I started thinking, as I do every year after Christmas, about the canticle of Simeon, who had waited a lifetime for the Messiah and who was there when an eight-day-old Jesus was presented at […]