As I prepare to take a few days off from the computer and spend time with my family, I just wanted to wish all my friends, family, and readers a blessed and very Merry Christmas!
You know me though, and therefore know I’m a girl of many words, so I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to share some words with you that recently touched my heart. I saw this poem by Howard Thurman printed in the program of a musical event I attended at my parents church, and was really struck by these words. They remind me of the verse in the Bible where Jesus says,
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me…Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:25-40
We spend so much time at Christmas, working on things that have no lasting significance, which is a whole story for another day. (Have you read my Holiday Confessions yet?) But when the holiday is over, what then? Recovery? Therapy? Debt-management? Here is the text from the poem, in case it’s hard to read in the graphic above.
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 their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among all people,
To make music in the heart.
Merry Christmas everyone! May your hearts be full, your time be plentiful, and your family be near. See you next year!