The Work of Elections

(with thanks to Howard Thurman’s deeply meaningful “The Work of Christmas”*)

When the speeches and debates are stilled,
when the signs have come down from our yards,
the traveling journalists are home,
and even the pundits
have turned to other predictions,
jokes, memes, hashtags —

The work of community begins:
to listen to the hurting,
to heal the wounds of words,
to remind the hopeful of hope,
and all the people,
after the stumping and bunting
and canvassing –

that people are still hungry,
still homeless and lost,
the faithful to Allah are waiting
to make a home here,
veterans need services,
those living with disabilities
need respect,
prisoners need release from prisons
built by incarceration.corp.

The work of community continues
because only community —
not leaders — can do it —
to rebuild the nation slowly
and over a long time,
to make peace a priority
because it is a necessity,
and always,
as after Christmas and Passover,
Ramadan and Diwali,
and after a time of great conflict —
to make music in the heart.

*Howard Thurman The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angel 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 people,
to make music in the heart.

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7 Responses to The Work of Elections

  1. Stephen Price says:

    Thank you Maren. We need to all dust off our Howard Thurman and remember th

  2. Maren says:

    I wish sometimes he and his wisdom were still among us.

  3. Jim Hughes says:

    Thanks for this. Depressing night.

    On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 2:23 AM, Gifts in Open Hands wrote:

    > Maren posted: “(with thanks to Howard Thurman’s deeply meaningful “The > Work of Christmas”*) When the speeches and debates are stilled, when the > signs have come down from our yards, the traveling journalists are home, > and even the pundits have turned to other ” >

    • Maren says:

      Yes, indeed, it was — almost dis-heartening, but we all have instantly been transformed into prophets.I’m not really ready, but neither was Jeremiah, Isaiah, and … oh yeah Jonah.

  4. Robert Jerard says:

    Thanks Maren for sweet words to help start the healing.

  5. Pingback: The Work of Elections — Gifts in Open Hands | Jeff's Jottings

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