Thoughts From Your Regional Minister
January 2021 Issue of the Kansas Messenger
Written by Steve Martin, Regional Minister
Dear beloved friends,
I awoke this morning with these words floating through my mind, words which I was first introduced to while in my college days. I hope you can appreciate the meaning behind this poem by Howard Thurman.
The Work of Christmas
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 others,
To make music in the heart.
If you are anything like me, you have a fair share of concerns and somehow Christmas did not alleviate your soul. Our complex world with its global interactions and all, these often leave us feeling cold and unable to find much hope. Take another look at the poem. The words speak of what is essential in our living and serving. These words encapsulate all that you and I strive to do together in the Church.
As we enter a new year, may we strive to find ways to fulfill the call of Christ to each of us. May we be more focused on serving others that God’s kingdom will be fulfilled. And together, as Kansas Disciples we will connect and equip one another, we will experience God’s Spirit in our midst.