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The Ninth Day of Christmas – A Reflection

January 2, 2020

Today was the first day back to work after the holiday and some much needed vacation time. Even in the midst of the season of Epiphany, we were busy planning for Lenten Worship Services (Wednesdays and Sundays)! It seemed a bit surreal but then this is often life in parish ministry. In the midst of one season and planning for the next…

We got a lot of work done and caught up with the office staff whom I hadn’t seen since Christmas Eve; such good folks who do so much to make ministry possible in our church. They do so much behind the scenes and don’t ask for accolades or publicity. They are true partners in ministry.

After work, Denise and I decided to drive home through the Rocky Mountain National Park. The roads were pretty good and there weren’t a ton of visitors in the park. We were able to see this Bull Elk along with three others grazing just off of the road. It was our first visit with our four-legged neighbors this year.

This fellow and some time reading and reflecting at home reminded me that the wonder and the gift of Christmas is still with us. As I read today’s reflection by Howard Thurman in Bruce Epperly’s book The Work of Christmas: The 12 Days of Christmas with Howard Thurman I was reminded once again about our call to be the Light of Christ in this world. John 1:5 says: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

In his poem, “I Will Light Candles This Christmas” Thurman writes:

I will light Candles this Christmas;

Candles of joy despite all sadness,

Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,

Candles of courage for fears ever present,

Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,

Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,

Candles of love to inspire all my living,

Candles that will burn all the year long.

May we continue to light those candles and share the light of Christ every day of the year.

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