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Finneran: The Work of Christmas

Friday, January 04, 2019

 

January 6 is the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Little Christmas.

For many years, while I served in the Massachusetts Legislature, my wife and I would send out a Little Christmas mailing with the following poem. Many older constituents still refer to those mailings, noting that they kept it in a special place, on a fireplace mantel, a bedroom night table, or the refrigerator door and that they referred to it all year long. May the spirit and the work of Christmas remain with you in the New Year.

THE WORK OF CHRISTMAS

 

When the song of the angels is stilled,

When the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and the 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 Howard Thurman

May your New Year be filled with health, happiness, peace, and prosperity.

Tom Finneran is the former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, served as the head the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, and was a longstanding radio voice in Boston radio.

 

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