It's hard to believe Christmas will soon be upon us. Like many, I am feeling good about the economy and did my part to spend a bit more than I have in the recent past. I'm much more choosy in what I buy now, thinking about the person I'm shopping for and what might bring them a little joy. The packages have been sent, either by me or Amazon, and I can't wait to be there when they are opened.
In my large family, Christmas is much more peaceful now, outside the exuberance of little ones ripping through the wrapping paper. That peace... The waiting for our remembrance of the arrival of the Prince of Peace is coming to an end. Take some time to pray about what the birth of our Savior means for you. It's what these days are all about.
Oh, Emmanuel, dearest Lord,
Compassionate God of justice,
so many areas of my life seem imprisoned
but you promise me real freedom
and peace in my life.
Renew my spirit and free my soul.
Please, dearest Lord, open my heart
which you have bathed in the longing of Advent.
I am awe-struck as your glory fills the earth
and I want to follow you in caring for others.
Grant me, dearest Lord, the grace to see
how you shine your light on the poor, the needy,
and all who have such a special place in your heart.
Come, Lord Jesus! Come!
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
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