This was in an email I received, so I thought I would share. May you all have a Merry Christmas!
'For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor,
The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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 the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart…
And to radiate the Light of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do, and in all that we say.
Then - the work of Christmas begins.
by Howard Thurman