In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
– Luke 2:8-11, NRSV
Blessings and love to all on this Holy Eve.
I sit on the floor watching a sleeping child. Three months old, she is a miracle of breath, of tiny hands and feet and eyes and mouth.
How can hearts not be softened by the sight and sound and touch? Perhaps this intent was part of the divine gift. …
That a child would come into the mess of this world. That we who stopped to watch would be forever changed by the sight and touch and sounds of an infant babe.
Come, all you with hearts of stone. Come, all you with spirits of cynicism. Come and see this miracle of breath, of tiny hands and feet and eyes and mouth.
To us, this child is born.
With grateful thanks
We receive the bounty of this earth.
Giver of plenty,
You are the source of
Plants and meat,
Milk and herbs,
Clean water and safe homes.
Bless this harvest,
Its beautiful colors.
Bless this bounty,
Its nourishing substance.
Bless the livestock
And those who keep them.
Bless the farmers, the workers,
The gleaners, far and near.
Bless the hungry,
Those who have no homes,
Those displaced by drought or violence.
Give succor to the people in their need.
Bless this world and all its creatures.
All that we are,
All that we have,
Are gifts of your creation.
From my book Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings.
For beauty, friendship, and hope. For justice, prophets, and healers. For eyes to see and hearts to love. For peace and wisdom and safety. For these things we hope and pray. Amen.
Spec wonders why he never gets to be Santa Dog.
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