From Kathy…

I find that when it comes to celebrating the high and holy moments of our faith, I turn to poetry, art and music to express my wonder, my hope, my thoughts. And so, I share three poems from Ann Weems who was poet as well as a pastor.

 

“IN DECEMBER DARKNESS The whole world waits in December darkness for a glimpse of the Light of God. Even those who snarl “Humbug!” and chase away the carolers have been seen looking toward the skies. The one who declared he never would forgive has forgiven, and those who left home have returned, and even wars are halted, if briefly, as the whole world looks starward. In the December darkness we peer from our windows watching for an angel with rainbow wings to announce the Hope of the World.”

“We are freed to free others.
We are affirmed to affirm others.
We are loved to love others.”

“It is not over,
this birthing.
There are always newer skies
into which
God can throw stars.”

“What I’d really like to give you for Christmas is a star…
Brilliance in a package,
something you could keep in the pocket of your jeans
or in the pocket of your being.
Something to take out in times of darkness,
something that would never snuff out or tarnish,
something you could hold in your hand,
something for wonderment,
something for pondering,
something that would remind you of
what Christmas has always meant:
God’s Advent Light into the darkness of this world.
But stars are only God’s for giving,
and I must be content to give you words and wishes
and packages without stars.
But I can wish you life
as radiant as the Star
that announces the Christ Child’s coming,
and as filled with awe as the shepherds who stood beneath its light.
And I can pass on to you the love
that has been given to me,
ignited countless times by others
who have knelt in Bethlehem’s light.
Perhaps, if you ask, God will give you a star.”

 

Christmas may be a joy-filled time for you, or a sad time–missing the loved ones who are no longer with us, a time of hope, a time of confusion, a time of being lost or mixture of all or any of these. My prayer for you this Christmas is that you will be touched by the light of God’s love.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Kathy

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