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Fourth Day of Christmas

December 28, 2019

Today was a time of stories, laughter, good friends, family, and good music. It seems strange after planning so many sermons not to be preparing for worship tomorrow. Gee, I don’t have to preach again until next year πŸ€”πŸ™„πŸ˜³πŸ€£πŸ˜‰

Yet it is also the Fourth Day of Christmas. Instead of contemplating four calling birds, I enjoyed some time with my sweetheart and her sons. At the end of the day I did reflect on the day’s chapter in Bruce Epperly’s book, The Work of Christmas: The 12 Days of Christmas with Howard Thurman. This particular portion struck me as appropriate while the rest of the world and media seems to be focusing on politicians, the rich and famous, and a lot of vacuous articles on them. I share it with you as food for thought as 2019 draws to a close.

The politics of Christmas is guided by love, not coercion; understanding, not name calling; embracing, not bullying; solidarity, not division; and sacrifice, not greed. On Christmas, no child is forgotten, no adult is left behind, and the wealthy and powerful discover that sacrifice, not hoarding, is the path to the Christ Child.

May we move towards the day when this is reality… May it be our prayer and our life’s work.

2 Comments
  1. “The politics of Christmas is guided by love, not coercion; understanding, not name calling; embracing, not bullying; solidarity, not division; and sacrifice, not greed.” We so need this message in our fractured world. Thanks for posting it.

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