There is a poem I read this time of year that I find inspiring. It's called "The Work of Christmas" by Henry Thurman:
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the Kings and 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 teach the nations
To bring Christ to all
To make music in the heart.
— Howard Thurman
Like many of you, I revel in the majesty of Christmas. I enjoy all the activity at CCSC and seeing so many volunteers come through our doors this time of year, eager to serve and help us fulfill our mission. I also love the quiet time I have with my family, the music and decorations, and the inspiring worship services at my church.
So when it's over, and I find myself in January, it can be a bit of a letdown. I read this poem as a reminder that while the pageantry and magic of Christmas has its time, the work of Christmas is timeless and ongoing.
This week, as in most weeks throughout the year, CCSC works its mission. We help job seekers to find a job (or a better job). We feed families and individuals, and we put eyeglasses on the faces of at-risk students. We train women to become entrepreneurs, help older persons with their medication, and working families to avoid homelessness. We do this in a culture that says all people are to be treated with dignity and respect. We do this in a culture that strives to balance accountability and solid business practices with the ethos of our mission: to be the hands and feet of Christ in a hurting world.
Thanks to all who support and believe in our work.