Saturday, December 25, 2010

In Praise of Emmanuel, God With Us

May the peace and tender love of God--who chose to be born in a humble manger in Bethlehem, in a vulnerable human body, with tears to shed and laughter to share with friends as well--be with every person who seeks peace and welcomes true joy.

May God, who loved and still loves without condition, bless those most in need of love.

May the spirit of Christ get carried forward by each of us in quiet, small ways. May each of us, in small, simple ways, be a source of love and peace for those around us.  Yes, us--the ones who are frail and full of flaws.

May the beauty of the incarnation--the birth of Emmanuel, God with us--stay with us long after the trappings of the season are put away.


Edwardsville, Illinois, Christmas Day 2010


Merry Christmas to anyone ("Anyone out there??") who stumbles across this blog!

8 comments:

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Merry Christmas to you as well, from someone on the other side of the dateline who is now well into Boxing Day!

Steve said...

Yes, happy Boxing Day, Kiwi! (My wife celebrates Boxing Day as well, thanks to her English grandmother.) Good cheer!

Melody K said...

Hi, Steve. Hope you had a Merry Christmas! Just stumbled across your blog lately; looking forward to reading more.

Steve said...

Hi Melody, thanks for stopping by! Hope you'll enjoy what you read!

Thom, sfo said...

That was beautiful- Marry Christmas!

Thom, sfo said...

OMG I just said Marry Christmas.

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Steve said...
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Steve said...

Merry Christmas, Thom, and a good '11 to you!