We can't receive wisdom;
We must discover it for ourselves
After a journey that no one can take for us
Or spare us. - Marcel Proust
These days leading up to Christmas might be the opportunity for us to be reminded of some of the wisdom each of us have discovered along the walk of our personal faith journeys and what we have gained watching the journeys of our neighbors near and far.
Then, with our communal wisdom, may we hear again the words and wisdom of Howard Thurman.
When the song of the angels is stilled
When the star in the sky is gone
When the kings and princes are home
When he shepherds are back with their flocks
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.
May we each continue the work of Christmas as we are able.
- Shodie Alcorn