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Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Resolution: Carry Christmas Forward

Just as  the redeemed Ebenezer Scrooge carried Christmas in his heart all year long and acted on it, so I'm going to carry forward Howard Thurman's The Mood of Christmas all year long and act upon that. It reads:

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 people,
To make music in the heart.
That's a fine way to honor Christmas if you ask me.

In case you're wondering (as I was) Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was an influential American author, theologian, philosopher, educator, and civil rights leader who left his position as dean of Howard University in 1944 to co-found the first completely integrated, multi-cultural church in San Francisco. There's a lot more to be said about Howard Thurman, and that he said, so Google him when you get the chance.

[Thanks to the Facebook entry from Hacking Christianity for bringing Howard Thurman's wisdom to my attention.]

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