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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Poem: "Christmas is for Healing" by Macrina Wiedkerker, OSB

Loving you, 
of course I am not at all interested 
in how much money you are spending on Christmas gifts this year 
but rather, in how much blood, sweat, and tears 
you are shedding to make Christ 
a vital part of your life 
for you will never be able to erase the fact that he came: 
to touch lives – to break bread to heal hurt – 
to forgive sins to wash feet – to calm seas to walk on water – 
to give us the Spirit and to care immensely. 

Yes, to care enough to be born in our Bethlehem 
to live in our land, and weep over our cities and die and rise again. 
So now it’s Christmas 
and I am not sure what part of you is crippled 
or where you need to feel God’s saving power 
but with everything in me 
I believe that Christmas is for healing. 

And he came to heal, 
So if you can trust Jesus enough to walk out on the waters of getting involved, 
of washing feet and anointing people, 
of breaking bread and working miracles, 
I am almost sure his saving presence will touch those blind and crippled parts of your life 
and Christmas will come to you. 
More than anything else I want to give you Christmas this year 
It’s a gift, an offer 
You can take it if you like 
but I really can’t give it to you like a wrapped-up package. 
It is deeper than that, 
It is warmer, brighter, holier. 
It is more personal. 
Christmas is more challenging than a wrapped-up package. 
It is an offer 
It is a mystery 
It is birth 
It is hope. 
It is Christmas and God can never be born enough …

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