This year\’s Christmas Day has ended… Now, what?

 \"howardThis year\’s world-wide celebration of our Lord Jesus\’ birthday has come and gone.
Now, what?
     African American minister and theologian Howard Thurman, whose work contributed to the tone of the 20th century Civil Rights Movement, offers an important reflection on Christmas for us to consider.
     In his book, The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations (1973)Thurman points out, \”Christmas is a mood, a quality, a symbol…\” He, furthermore, includes in the book a though-provoking, beautiful poem called, \”The Work of Christmas:\”

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 others,

To make music in the heart.

This week, as 2015 decrescendos and gives way to the new calendar year, may we rediscover ways to share Christ\’s hope, peace, and love in a world that so desperately hungers for it. 
Dr. Antipas L. Harris
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