Happy New Year, Everyone!

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It seems like a million years ago that I was first introduced to a poem written by Howard Thurman. I was a social work student in the ’80s and a professor of mine introduced me and my classmates to Thurman’s work, and told us that Thurman also influenced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thurman lived a long life while he worked as an author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader.  In his 1971 work, The Search For Common Ground, An Inquiry Into The Basis of Man’s Experience of Community, Howard Thurman includes this poem:


The Work of Christmas (by Howard Thurman)


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.


In this New Year of 2013 may we all be about the critically important work of finding, healing, feeding, releasing, rebuilding, bringing peace and making music!

May God bless us individually, as family, as friends and as a community; and to quote Dicken’s famous and much beloved character Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, “God bless us, every one!”

Peace friends,


1 Comment

  • Heather says:

    You always have the perfect thing to say! I shared this post with a friend who is really struggling right now. What a great post to start a new year.

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