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  • Writer's pictureTom Emanuel


San Francisco City Hall

“We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” --Laura Ingalls Wilder

Happy Holidays from San Francisco! Those of you who attended our Christmas Eve service this week may remember a poem I read: “The Work of Christmas Begins,” by Howard Thurman, the great 20th century Christian mystic and civil rights leader. On this, the day after Christmas, I offer it once more.

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 flocks, 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 the people, to make music in the heart.

Wherever you are celebrating or not celebrating, with whatever joy or grief may be yours in this time, may you find music to make your heart sing. And may we continue the peace-making, justice-seeking, joy-filling Work of Christmas: today, and tomorrow, and all our days to come.

Blessin’s, --Tom

QUESTION FOR THE WEEK: How can we keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year long?

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