"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."
– Dr. Howard Thurman
Oh how this writing stirred something within me this morning. "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." these are the truths from God's Word that God led me to, and through, this past Christmas season. To read this writing and see that Emmanuel, God With Us, doesn't end when Christmas is over, causes me to leap with joy and wonder at the marvelous workings of our loving Heavenly Father in each of our lives.
The gifts don't end; they grow, increase to be given again and again and again. His healing hands made to reach out through mine of flesh. His loving heart to be extended by me. Absolute truth spoken through these human lips exposing lies of the enemy and freeing the prisoners held by those lies. That peace comes when I enter the room. Then music singing in the heart. These are what a child of God is to do.
Other New Year's resolutions pale beside the divine calling that rings loud and clear within the believer's heart - "Take Me with you My child. Let Me reach out through you, speak through you, and touch through you." Jesus came to seek and save the lost. How can I do less than my Savior? As the new year approaches, may the one I'm still in be made better by Jesus in Me. May Emmanuel, God With Us, flow out from me to the world He has brought me to.