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Thursday, December 12, 2002

Second Draft
Comes Christmas

Little one, you joined us under the most
Distressing circumstances; conditions
Could not have been more harsh.
No one, it seems, was ready for your arrival.
(Christ, forgive us.)
Surely, though, some kind soul
Heard of your need, searched for you,
Brought a blanket, a soft cloth,
A basket of food—surely, someone took care of you.
(Christ, help us.)
As you lay in your mother's arms, did she
Smile, or cry? Did he reach towards you,
And hold you both close? Were you
Baptized, then, by their tears?
(Christ, cleanse us.)
And the shepherds, sung to by angels!
How quickly did they come?
What gifts could they bring? Did they
Gather 'round, with hopeful eyes,
And arms outstretched?
(Christ, embrace us.)
And later, comes the magi,
Following the light, taking the long way,
Their gifts of gold, and precious spice, and
Still, they too draw close, and open their arms—
(Christ, among us.)
Now the miracle draws near again;
The light shines in the heavens,
The angels sing; gifts are delivered,
And accepted. A mother smiles, and cries.
A father wonders, still. We creep closer,
Hesitant; may we?
(Christ, answer us!)
She offers you to us, we reach out,
We lift you up. Little one,
You are light as breath,
As heavy as the earth.
Soft as the clouds,
Tough as nails.
Emmanuel, may I hold you?
(Christ, save us.)

Quotes for the Day
Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.
-- Peter Ustinov

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.
-- Richard Feynman

I especially love the second one--with the turn of the century last year there was so much talk of the "end of the world"...I love the idea that God is working in his time, that that time is long and full of promise and possibilties, that humans can live up the potential He has given us.

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