Pastoral Reflections, The Second Week of Christmas, The Fiftieth Week of Official Pandemic Status - January 1, 2021
On the edge of a year that has lasted, it seems, far longer than anyone wished, my thoughts are already turned toward new possibilities. In the coming year I looked forward to our borders being open again. I pray that people will be employed as fully as they wish to be. I hope that first responders and essential workers will find the relief from their hard labors that they most surely need and deserve. May shops and restaurants be filled with happy people. And more than anything else, may we all cherish one another as God’s beloved children and re-commit ourselves to the world that Jesus calls us to bring into reality. The twentieth century luminary Howard Thurman (scholar, theologian, educator and civil rights leader) said it so well in this poem that has also inspired several songs:
When the song of the angels is still,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home, When the 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.
A very happy and blessed New Year to you all. Pr. Beth
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.