It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Chapter 1, Page 6, Book 12
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 the broken 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 Epiphany announces to all people,everywhere:
Rise up in splendor…your light has come,
The Glory of the Lord shines upon you!
Let the work of Christmas begin, and let it begin with me.
I think that's the real message of Epiphany.
Today, I'll be packing away all the Christmas decorations here at my house, but I certainly hope that even though Christmas is over, I'll be remembering always to keep that Christmas spirit alive in my heart. There will be, of course, some new trinkets and baubles adorning the tables and shelves around here. January is here and we've had a cold and snowy start to the New Year here. Dreary winter days can get to me and so I try to always keep something shiny and bright on display.
There are no donkeys for us to ride, no camels to take us through the desert. We are left mostly to walk through our days, dependent on our own two feet. But knowing that the work of Christmas is just beginning, I will be making the best of every day that's given to me.