One final song as we move back into ordinary time. This one is not in our hymn books, nor do we usually sing it as a carol. It is, in fact, a poem written by an African-American author, educator, civil rights leader, and remarkable theologian. Several years ago, I had the honor of getting to sing an arrangement of his timeless words.
It is in these words that we see the whole point of Advent and Christmastide. It is here that we find our central purpose as followers of Christ, the whole year through. So may Howard Thurman’s wisdom speak to you as you find your way this new year:
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 brothers,
to make music in the heart.
Many blessings to you in the year ahead! And let’s get to work!!!