The Work of Christmas Begins…

by Melissa Borgmann-KiemdeVisitation Companion

It’s a shut down day at the monastery. The guests have gone home. We’ve bustled — been on the move in a monastic fervor this past Advent and ongoing Christmas season. We’ve rung in the New Year.  And now we rest. Or now, according to poet, Civil Rights activist and theologian, Dr. Howard Thurman, the work of Christmas really begins….

This piece has traction in my heart this day. Perhaps it will speak to you, too? I’m posting it as text, and in a special a cappella version arranged by Dan Forrest. 

The Work of Christmas Begins.

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 brothers,
To make music in the heart.

–by Dr. Howard Thurman

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  1. Thank you Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde for your wonderful contributions to the Visitation Monastery blog. You lift me up and brighten my day!

  2. Julie, Thanks for your comment! We never really know where these blogs land, and what part of the heart, mind, spirit, experience that they touch. Your words arrived as I made my way into mass with the Sisters, and I was able to read them aloud to Sr. Katherine. We both smiled big, as we shared a moment and story of you, and your shared history of Visitation School. God bless you and keep you in these unfolding holy days!


  3. You never know what part of the Spirit you may have touched…Best Wishes for a Wonderfilled and Blessed Christmas……Thank you!

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