SOMETHING FOR YOUR SOUL...
to help you be still, know God, and prepare to meet the world again.
8 And there were shepherds
living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared
to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do
not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of
David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you:
You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” - Luke 2: 8-12
I will light Candles this Christmas;
Candles of joy despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage for fears ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will
burn all the year long.
- by Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"It is necessary to examine the religion of Jesus against the background of his own age and
people, and to inquire into the content of his teaching with reference to the disinherited and the underprivileged."
- Jesus and the Disinherited by Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman
As we anticipate the birth of Christ in the
season of Advent and continue to celebrate after Christmas, Rev. Dr. Thurman (who was a spiritual advisor to
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) reminds us that we must remember the cirucmstances under which God's Anointed arrived.
Christ was born a poor Palestinian Jewish boy under Roman rule to spread Good News that the weak
and powerless such as he are beloved and cherished by God. May we see the face of Jesus in each disinherited individual
this season and witness to their inherent worth and dignity.