May all that is meaningful,
Beautiful, and gives you joy
be yours now and
throughout the coming year.
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 feed the hungry, to release the prisoner,
to rebuild nations, to bring peace among all,
to make music in the heart.
"Now the Work of Christmas Begins" is a poem and litany by Howard Thurman which invites us to create meaning in the blessings and gifts of Christmas throughout the year.
Howard Thurman (1899-1981)
African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.