In this New Year

In this New Year

In this New Year

Hello from Northern Virginia! Although I haven’t seen many of you lately, you are never from my heart or mind. I must admit, I’m filled with an odd sense of optimism for 2020 and this decade. Not that I think all the ills of the world will be healed and all humans will treat others as they would like to be treated, I feel more of a sense of hope.

That the tide will turn towards kindness and compassion. That new or dormant leaders will rise up and take the reins again. That many individuals and groups alike will simply want to do better.

My hope is more of the people in our own country and in the world will heed the words of Howard Thurman and begin the work of Christmas.

Be well friends and I hope to see you in this new year. In faith, Rev. Kären Rasmussen


 The Work of Christmas

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.

Howard Thurman



  1. Kimberly A Spalding Bush

    Thank you, I needed this. I’d almost forgotten the real work of Christmas was not trying to clean up the wrapping paper and find somewhere to put the new toys! Here’s to a positive outlook for our new year.

  2. Chris Crandell

    So good to hear from you, Kären! And thank you for the words by Howard Thurman. Very much needed at this time.

  3. Christine Crandell

    Good to hear from you, Kären! And thank you for the words of Howard Thurman. Very much needed right now.

  4. Ann Faust

    It was wonderful to hear back from you Kären. Alas, not 24 hours since you post this the mess we all found ourselves this morning left me wondering how loud we have to shout, how far we have to march, and how strong we have to stand so these warm and gentle wishes can overcome the dark evil we are facing today.
    With Kindness,
    Ann F.

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