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National Rebuilding

January 12, 2017

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.

— Howard Thurman

It’s been my joy to know people who helped rebuild the West German educational system after World War II.

And people who help to rebuild individuals after they’ve hit bottom.

And people who help rebuild engines, homes, and cars, and bikes.

Howard Thurman correctly calls us to rebuild the nations.

That includes doing all the things like I’ve already mentioned and waaaaaaaaaay more.

Primarily, it includes an understanding of the word and concept of nations that comes to us from New Testament Greek language. There, nations is synonymous with “people.”

Might seems obvious.

So why do we forget that?

And what actual, real life action might you and I take today to rebuild the nations we see in disarray?

As always, I’d love to hear from you and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.


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One Comment
  1. I am confounded by all the hate and killing across the river in St. Louis. The signs in the yards on Kingshighway, where a body was discovered over the weekend, read, “We have to stop killing each other.” Yesterday, as residents were interviewed about recent events (primarily a 15-year-old being assassinated in her car when she returned home) every one of them mentioned Love being the answer and a return to treating others as you wish to be treated. Like these older women, I would like to know where those norms have disappeared. Sorry I have not provided more questions than answers.


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