Sunday, December 31, 2023 – First Sunday After Christmas
by The Rev. Dr. Richard Burden
Sermon preached by The Rev. Dr. Richard Burden
Below is a TRANSCRIPT of the homily. It may vary considerably from the prepared version. Please do not cite without permission.
Good morning and happy seventh day of Christmas. As many of you know, I hope all of you know the staff has been off this entire week. So I did not write a sermon. But I did find a meditation from Dr. Howard Thurman that I hope will encourage you to explore and continue continue living into the invitation that I made to you all on Christmas Eve. If you remember, I invited you to take some time to listen for what is waiting and wanting to be born in you. And I invited you to practice stopping every once in a while and taking a breath and asking what is needed here. And am I the right person to contribute to that need and Dr. Thurman’s reflection on the mood, the quality and the symbol of Christmas, I think helps provide us with some very concrete anchors for engaging this invitation and engaging these practices in our everyday lives. So as you listen, think about the concreteness of what he is describing. He reminds us of how the mood, the quality and the symbol of Christmas actually remains with us all year long, how it is not merely a day on the calendar, or the commemoration of a historical event, but it actually shows up in living real examples all the time. So this is a meditation he gave in February of 1975. I found it on the Howard Thurman digital archive.
meditation by Howard Thurman. https://thurman.pitts.emory.edu/items/show/1266