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Christmas Poem

I was given this poem with a sweet treasure of a gift from a beautiful co-worker, whom I met only relatively recently, yet have formed a strong bond. This is not unusual for the Y, as many of you may have experienced. So many of us are
like-minded and united in our desire to belong, be needed, be helpful and be better. I thought this poem was an excellent post for my scheduled Christmas
Day blog. From our Y family to yours – have a very Merry Christmas.

  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 what Christmas had 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 announced 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.

 -Ann Weems
Advent and Christmas, Kneeling in Bethlehem

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