Proclaim the Release of Captives…

It did in fact snow in Gulfport!!! My kids loved the snow days.  During the first cold snap with snow my kids were spending time with their grandparents in Lumberton.  The snow accumulated enough there to make a nice snowman and a few impressionist snow angels.

The kids were home during the second cold snap which offered some icy type precipitation and closed schools.  Aiden looked out the sliding patio doors puzzled. “It can’t snow, it’s not Christmas,” he said, as if that were the most surprising part of Gulfport ground covered in white.

The season of Christmas is over, but the Christ child lives and transforms each of us as we are receptive. As we celebrate this epiphany season there will hopefully be more king cakes than freezing days, but I hope that we are still reminded in each that God is at work in our lives.

In 1973 theologian Howard Thurman published a set of reflections for Christians to consider the work of God made known in their lives especially in light of Christmas.   I offer them to you not simply as a way to integrate the hope born anew at Christmas into our lives in this new season, but I offer them for your reflection in February: a month in which we recognize history that has at times been diminished, a month in which we celebrate love, and in this year, a month in which we enter into the holy season of lent – when we remember that Christ was tempted in the wilderness and rather than misuse power to secure his own comfort, protection, or political power, Jesus chose to do the work of Love.

  • Where refugees seek deliverance that never comes
  • And the heart consumes itself as if it would live,
  • Where children age before their time
  • And life wears down the edges of the mind,
  • Where the old man sits with mind grown cold,
  • While bones and sinew, blood and cell, go slowly down to death,
  • Where fear companions each day’s life,
  • And Perfect Love seems long delayed.
  • In you, in me, in all mankind.
  •                                  “Christmas Is Waiting to be Born”


  • 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 flocks,
  • 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 the people,
  • to make music in the heart.

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