Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Christmas Message from Howard Thurman

The Mood of Christmas, by Howard Thurman

Rita and I received a Christmas card from our friends Chris and Catherine Rowland. The words on the card were especially meaningful to me, so I looked on the back to see the source/author of those words.

To my delight, the words were written by Howard Thurman, whose works on the parables hopefully will be the subject of my next book project (co-authored with Kipton Jensen of Morehouse College).

The words are from Thurman's "When the Song of the Angels Is Stilled" (from The Mood of Christmas) and here they are, repeated from above:
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
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 people,
To make music in the heart.

Can't think of a better Christmas greeting, thought, and never-ending mission.

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