A Christmas-tide Reflection
Across the world once again, a star is in our sky,
a gift is in our hearts: It’s Christmas.
Right here at home: our highway is our backbone, our rivers,
our arms and legs.
The forest is our clothing.
The ocean is our blood.
As a people, we have known: Struggle, Isolation,
Darkness, and Bitterness.
But more importantly, we have also found: Success,
Security, Happiness, and One another.
It’s Christmas once again: time to focus on what makes light overcome
darkness and love overcome emptiness.
It’s time to believe once more that no matter how battered our lives are,
no matter how well off we are materially, there is still someone who knows
our darkness and lights it,
who knows our hurt and heals it.
It’s a moment for healing, and we really need it this time.
Healing is the medicine that can close the wounds
between parent and child, brother and sister,
government and people.
Healing comes from God – directly or indirectly.
We must do what we can do; God does the rest.
Received from Fr. Ron Shirley,
who received it from someone else.
Used with Fr. Ron’s approval.
Image from NASA – NGC 5584