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The Work of Christmas

This Advent season I was made aware of Thomas Thurman’s poem I Will Light Candles This Christmas. For me, this poem spoke to my heart and opened my eyes to what it means to give praise to the light in the midst of trouble.


In my research of Thurman and his work, I found another poem to share with you. As I Will Light Candles This Christmas speaks to me of Advent and the light in darkness candles provide, The Work of Christmas speaks to me of where we are right now—after Christmas—and the work that Christmas needs to inspire within us.

The Work of Christmas

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 others,

To make music in the heart.


The work of Christmas has begun. The work of Christmas is always with us. As we travel through the month of January and prepare ourselves for another Holy season, Lent, let us take these words as travel companions with us.

In the stillness that comes after Christmas, may our eyes be opened to the work that is before us. As a church, our call is to find the lost, heal the broken, feed the hungry, release the prisoner. We should ask ourselves what our place is in rebuilding nations and how we might be messengers of peace to and among others.


Christmas is a brand new beginning and a natural response to this wonderful reality is to create music of the heart. Christmas is a re-alignment of perspective, an opportunity to look around with gratitude and see what we have. Christmas is a re-focus on the mission—the work—God has put before us.

Together, let’s put in the work of Christmas.

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