Friday, December 2, 2016
A Christmas Gift You Can't Buy
"Into this world, this demented inn, where there was absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited.”
- Thomas Merton
For Religious fanatics only...
Charlie Brown asked Lucy why she was so happy. Lucy explained how it was "Christmas" and she explained further that this was the time of year to "spread joy, caring, compassion, giving and love." Charlie Brown wondered to Lucy, "Why do we just do these things at Christmastime and why can't we do those things all year round?" Lucy yelled at Charlie Brown "What are you some type of religious fanatic?"
From small villages his heroes and
great things seem to come.
There was that asterisked Home Run champion,
A nobel awarded vagabond singing poet ,
And best of all - a son king born in poverty-
living peace, love and mercy.
Though the journey not always easy
And the path not always clear,
The way is simple.
Those who doubt and those who stray
To join the returning prodigal
Sons and daughters and their celebration.
No formula , elaborate scientific calculation
Or manufactured drug
Will result that which is discovered when the heart
Lets go opening self to the fulness of time and
To what the soul has known all along.
And the blessing of the miracle of babies at Christmas continues:
The first one we brought home Christmas morning ;
The news of the second was accompanied with
Carolers singing “Joy to the world;”
The first’s first a little patient or persnickety
arrives 12/27; and,
Now news of the second’s first will be a son
As the holy waiting season continues
The word of the departed poet
Echoes in his own voice as he sings
Cry of a tiny babe Bruce Cockburn
Hallelujah – Choir ! Choir ! Choir ! (Leonard Cohen)
Hallelujah Chorus – Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Simple Gifts – Yo Yo Ma and Allison Kraus
Do They Know Its Christmas
True Meaning of Christmas