…the point is that God is with us,
not beyond us,
Christ’s suffering shatters the iron walls
around individual human suffering,
that Christ’s compassion
makes extreme human compassion
—to the point of death even—possible.
Human love can reach right into death,
then, but not if it is merely human love. ~Christian Wiman
There is nothing I can give you Which you have not; But there is much that, While I cannot give, you can take.
No heaven can come to us Unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven.
No peace lies in the future Which is not hidden in this present instant. Take peace.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow; Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. Take joy.
And so, at this Christmastime, I greet you with the prayer that for you, Now and forever, The day breaks and the shadows flee away.
– Fra Giovanni Giocondo letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi, Christmas Eve 1513
Merry Christmas Day to one and all from our hilltop farm at BriarCroft
May all be well for you and yours.
I make all things well, and I can make all things well, and I shall make all things well,
and I will make all things well;
and you will see for yourself
that every kind of thing will be well.
…And in these words God wishes us
to be enclosed in rest and peace.
~Julian of Norwich
Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation…
~Luke 2: 29-30
Life is meant to be lived from a Center, a divine Center… Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple. It is serene. It is amazing. It is triumphant. It is radiant. It takes no time, but it occupies all our time. We need not get frantic. He is at the helm. And when our little day is done we lie down quietly in peace, for all is well. ~Thomas Kelly
Simeon and Anna waited patiently in the temple for their glimpse of the Lord, and once granted that glimpse they were ready to lie down quietly in peace. They lived from the Center, and accepted that He is at the helm, no matter what, no matter when, no matter how. All is well.