Dec. 3

Day 1 of our Advent Calendar at Hope Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD

 

Let the work of Christmas begin!

No, it’s not what you think.  It is not about hanging lights on the house, baking Christmas cookies, or decorating the tree.

in the early 1990s I discovered the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.   The lyrics to a song from one of their Christmas albums really resonated with me.  The song is titled “Promises to Keep.”

Christmas time and the year will soon be leaving

Cloaked in time till it’s just a memory

Christmas stays if we don’t forget its meaning

Days go quickly by, years they multiply

And we go searching for Thee

 

If our kindness this day is just pretending

If we pretend long enough, never giving up

It just might be who we are

 

The song always makes me think about how much nicer most people seem to be around the Christmas season.  We smile at strangers. We are more polite to each other. We give generously.

And then… I would think of those lyrics, “if we pretend long enough it just might be who we are.”  What if we really do get a little nicer every year? What if we learn to be more giving as each Christmas passes?

Greg was reflecting after one of Pastor Lynnae’s Advent sermons on the fact that if we only think about Christmas once a year, then it feels kind of hollow.  We both feel that after the anticipation of Christ coming into the world, and then the birth of Christ…that the world just kind of goes “back to normal.”  We remove the lights and remove the trees…and also remove the “niceness” and generous giving.  Greg was inspired to write the song, “The Work of Christmas Begins.”  Here are his words:

The Work of Christmas

by Greg Wasberg

Verse 1

The sun rises slowly on this ever new morn

yesterday we rejoiced that our Savior was born

We shared in the season with family and friends

Now the work of Christmas begins

Verse 2

Millions of people with no food to eat

and families with children living on streets

Can we share all we’re given with all those who need

Let the work of Christmas begin

 Chorus:

We sing joy to the world and oh come Emmanuel

Give praise to the King for all living things

Let the Work of Christmas begin

 Bridge:

Oh come let us adore Him

Oh come let us adore Him

Oh come let us adore Him

Verse 3

Oh God of wonder I kneel and I pray

that I see my neighbor through Your eyes of grace

To share all you’ve given through my humble faith

Let the work of Christmas begin

 Chorus

We sing joy to the world and oh come Emmanuel

Give praise to the King for all living things

Let the Work of Christmas begin

So as we enter this season of Advent, waiting and watching for Christ, we hope you feel the spirit of kindness and generosity.  And more importantly, we pray you continue to feel that way the whole year through.

submitted by Barb & Greg Wasberg