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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

Lord, we thank you for coming as an Infant; you are totally accessible to all in your dependence as any infant is; the stable was open for others to come to see and to believe. When we look at the Nativity scenes today, we can feel so close to you.
Here is something to reflect on today, one of my favorites:

In the Bleak Midwinter
Christina G. Rossetti, 1830-1894
In the bleak midwinter, frost wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can, I give him: give my heart.

I feel for all those who have been stranded by snow storms in the East and those who have been without power.

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