New Year’s Eve

Howard Thurman (1899-1981) lived the biblical faith, faced the issues of his day, and embraced the future “ahead of his time.” He was a mentor to many and his writings continue to shape later generations.

His poem, The Work of Christmas, is powerfully relevant for the new year:

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.

From “The Work of Christmas: The Christian Imperative,” by John Zehring, The Christian Citizen, December 25, 2020 (Photo by Ben White/Unsplash)

2 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve”

    1. Yes, from being left alone at a train station to go off to school as a young boy, to meeting Ghandi, to listening to news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor at his San Francisco church with a Japanese-American staff member, to mentoring MLK, he saw the 20th century through a lens of faith that is amazing and inspiring.

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