The recent headlines have been horrible—terrorism attacks in Beirut, Paris, Baghdad. The less reported attack, that killed 142 students in Kenya, breaks our hearts as well. So, how do we respond?
Howard Thurman was a prominent African American author, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader. He wrote a poem entitled, “I will light candles this Christmas.” It was later turned into a hymn that you might just recognize.
His poem reads,
“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 others, To make music in the heart.”
Fred Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” As we enter this holiday season, may we begin the work of Christmas and be the helpers.
Potluck Luncheon, today! Come and welcome back our winter friends. Thanksgiving Service at DHC TONIGHT, November 22 at 6:00 pm. Choir Rehearsal will be at 5:30 pm. We will worship with our friends from Celebration of Life Presbyterian Church.
Come and decorate for Advent on Saturday, November 28th at 9:00 am
Calming Service, Sunday, November 29th at 6:00 pm. This will be a time of prayer, songs, scripture and meditation. Come and enjoy the quietness before the mad rush of the holiday season.