As I write this, Christmas is three days away.
My shopping is done, save one more quick trip to the store.
Wrapping the gifts I am giving may wait.
For years, most of my wrapping of presents was done after I got home from our last Christmas Eve service. Usually beginning about 1:00 in the morning. It was my time to transition from Christmas Eve at the church to Christmas Day with my family.
So, I may wait until Christmas Eve to wrap the gifts I am giving to allow treasured memories space to live again.
But right now I am not thinking about Christmas.
And the gifts we will give.
Or the greetings we will exchange with family and friends.
Or Silent Night with candles lit.
I am thinking about the day after.
After the carols are sung and the dishes are done.
After the wrapping paper is set outside in the trash.
After the new clothes are tried on to see which ones fit and what needs to be returned.
What happens on THAT day.
And how will we…
Still sing about and dream about and work towards Peace on Earth?
And what gift will we give on that day to those whom we love?
And how will we practice the compassion and generosity we felt before Christmas when we dropped off a gift for a child or food for the food pantry in the days after Christmas?
Christmas is wonderful.
I love it.
But, it is the day after that matters.