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 flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoners,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

Howard Thurman (1899-1991) The Work of Christmas

I discovered this poem several years ago and it speaks to me today as if I’m reading it for the first time.  There are times of celebration and gifting but let us never forget the true meaning of this season we enter.  It is Love.  Love came down and was born again for us.  Love came down and is gifted for the whole world.  Dwell in the Light my friends and make music in the heart, for soon it will be time to go to work.

Blessed Christmas to you.

The Rt. Rev. Morris K. Thompson, Jr.
Bishop of Louisiana

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