The Mood of Christmas – Howard Thurman

by Christine Sine

Today’s poems are by African American theologian Howard Thurman (November 18, 1899 – April 10, 1981) an influential American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. He was Dean of Chapel at Howard University and Boston University for more than two decades, wrote 21 books, and in 1944 Thurman cofounded San Francisco’s Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, the first integrated, interfaith religious congregation in the United States. I am posting both because they are so powerful I could not choose between them. They are from the book The Mood of Christmas and Other Celebrations 

“The Work of Christmas”

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 people,
To make music in the heart.

in The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations (1985)

Christmas Is Waiting to be Born

Where refugees seek deliverance that never comes
And the heart consumes itself as if it would live,
Where children age before their time
And life wears down the edges of the mind,
Where the old man sits with mind grown cold,
While bones and sinew, blood and cell, go slowly down to death,
Where fear companions each day’s life,
And Perfect Love seems long delayed.
In you, in me, in all mankind.

The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations (1985)

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SteveRush December 22, 2020 - 9:48 am

Beautiful cover-photo; many thanks!

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