Grace and Peace to you.
Bear fruits worthy of repentance.
Most folks have their Christmas list,
the things they want,
the fashions and gadgets of late.
John has a different kind of list:
if you have two coats give one away;
don’t use power to get things;
keep your greed in check.
One is coming, he says,
who will set your heart on fire.
This Christmas, pray for the gifts
that, if you want them,
you are sure to receive:
the gift of generosity and compassion,
the gift of humility, of trust, of joy.
Pray for the gift of gentleness,
the gift of a healing spirit.
Put the gifts you want for Christmas
on your list, and let God know.
Think of them as you’re shopping.
Ask deliberately for them,
and they will come,
secretly, in the night.
For Christ will come
and find shelter in your heart,
whether or not you leave milk and cookies.
And even though I’ve promised,
you’ll still be surprised.
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