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Read:   Mark 3:31-35

“34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.””

This week I want to share with you a poem by the late and great Howard Thurman, who was an author, theologian, philosopher, and civil rights activist. The poem is entitled, “The Work of Christmas”.  I invite you to treasure these words and ponder them in your heart.

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 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 prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

Howard Thurman reminds us that while birthday parties are great, when the party celebrating that person’s life is over, life continues in some very important ways.  We honor Jesus Christ best, as we follow His teachings and example.

Wishing you a blessed New Year,

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom