The New Year Before Us...
One of the most impactful books in my spiritual life has been "Jesus and the Disinherited" by Howard Thurman. In it, I am reminded of God's great love for us and the love we (can) have through Christ for one another.
Howard Thurman cofounded and pastored one of the first truly multiracial and intercultural congregations in the United States. He was also the first black dean at the predominately white Boston University. Many know his name through his being the spiritual advisor to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He was a prolific writer of prose and poetry. Each year around Epiphany I reflect on this poem of his. I hope it resonates with you:
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.