This litany was written by Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.

Today we pray for the understanding and the deep peace that comes after all the celebration of the past few weeks have died down. Today we pray for our hearts, that we encase it in what Christmas is all about. If Christmas ended with us– with the physical gifts we received, with the material gifts we gave, then we may have lost the point, then we may have lost it’s meaning. Christmas did not end in Bethlehem. It ended in the Cross.

1. What does Christmas mean to me?
2. How can I live out this meaning of Christmas now that there are no more celebrations?
3. What is the work of Christmas for me?

The Work of Christmas
Howard Thurman

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 brothers,
To make music in the heart.

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