Work of Christmas Begins
Howard Thurman (adapted)

“When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…

And to radiate the Light of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
Then the work of Christmas begins.

The message of the Feast of Epiphany announces to all people, everywhere:

                               Rise up in splendor…your light has come,
                              The Glory of the Lord shines upon you!

     Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

     The work of Christmas has begun, despite the discarded trees, tossed cards, cards not sent, gifts not exchanged (even still!)  It’s not over.
     This year, the best day of Christmas for me was this past Sunday, when unexpected understanding words were spoken, honest conversations were had, and loving looks conveyed the heavenly chorus of God’s shining love.
     As you move forward in this year, take the light of all the joy, the wisdom of all the pain, and the hope of the star forward as you follow the Lord.
Because of Him,
Linda

 

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