The True Meaning of Christmas
When the star in the sky is gone
When the kings and 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 prisoners
To bring peace.
– Howard Thurman
I had the poem above almost ready to post, but left to catch up over coffee with a young adult whom I have known since she was in the sixth grade. Kasey brought me up to speed with her college studies and her pay the bills in her near-full time work in retail sales and such. But mostly we talked about her inner passion, her call to ministry, of bringing food, warm clothing and unbridled love to those who lack all three.
Returning home and to this piece, it struck me that Kasey lives Thurman’s poem, The True Meaning of Christmas, from Christmas Day and all year through. I have no idea where kings and princes live. But I do know where the Spirit of Christ resides.
Merry Christmas to all my friends, with hope, purpose and promise into the New Year.
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