The Work of Christmas?

Friends, you have likely read or heard this poem before. It is a classic.

As we round out the 12th day of Christmas on Wednesday this week, you may wish to pay special attention to the last half of this poem in your prayers. Perhaps write it out so you can meditate on one of the last seven lines each day for this first week of the year 🙂

Of course, the words might sound cliche to some—just as the words from Genesis 1:1 can sound cliche if we let them: “In the beginning, when God created…” Asking Spirit to help us by softening the eyes and ears of our hearts often yields wonderful surprises.

Sometimes doing something very small but different can invite new beginnings each day. Try memorizing a quote each day to roll around in your heart—or even work on memorizing this poem for a week, repeating it to yourself as a source of comfort and inspiration during times of sleeplessness or sadness.

With love,



When the song of 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.

—Howard Thurman

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