Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Taking Christmas with Us

Spirit & Truth
On this day in 1984 India’s Indira Gandhi’s son, Rajiv Gandhi wins a landslide election victory.

Taking Christmas With Us
“When the song of angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone… when the shepherds are back with their flock, the work of Christmas begins:… to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace… to make music in the heart.” [Howard Thurman]

Zoroastrian priests from Persia (Magi) arrive bearing gifts for a child. Practicing their astrological arts, they discern this is a special child worthy of veneration. Practicing their own traditions, they find the child, bless him with gifts, and return to their home. In another story, shepherds come from their fields to find the newborn baby lying in a feeding trough in a barn. They see his sacred value and hear angel choirs rejoicing that the divine is so evident in the innocence of a beautiful baby. And then they return to their fields. Renewed by the holiday, we now return to our daily routines where we can make a difference, person by person, action by action, word by word, day by day.

I’m taking the magic of Christmas with me into the New Year!

Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins, Sunshine Cathedral, Ft. Lauderdale

Spirit & Truth is a daily devotional magazine published by the Sunshine Cathedral

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