Epiphany and Beyond

Thanks to the caffeinated priest for this one!

Also to Sean Kirst from the Post Standard for writing so movingly about the Christmas season this year, be it the Epiphany and memories of his mom, a Santa that walked the walk
and most memorably for me (since I know the family) the story of the young girl grieving the loss of her mother, who takes the time to reach out to another, much younger child, also mourning the loss of a parent.

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 the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…
Then the work of Christmas begins.

– – Howard Thurman (1899 – April 10, 1981) was an influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. He was Dean of Theology of the chapels at Howard University and Boston University for more than two decades, wrote 20 books, and in 1944 helped found the first racially integrated, multicultural church in the United States.


2 thoughts on “Epiphany and Beyond

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  1. when i was a kid, i’d walk to the little store around the corner – where the lady at the counter would set aside the buffalo evening news for my dad – and i’d always read the columnists at christmas. i looked to them to somehow find legitimate meaning in the season, and i always felt they saw it as their mission. so i appreciate the comments; those columns, it seems to me, are a critical part of the job.

    i’ll hold onto that verse. seems to me it nails … that is christmas. and the only way to even begin to contemplate haiti.

    thanks for all you do, and the passion you bring to everything,



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