On Christmas, let us remember

On Christmas
let us remember
those who cannot rejoice —
who are assailed
by memories,
haunted
by specters
arising
in the smoke
of yule log fires,
on misty hillsides
and fog-shrouded streets:
ancient longings,
unspoken fears,
unrealized dreams.

On Christmas,
let us remember
those who cannot rejoice —
who suffer silently
amid the celebrations;
their spirits weakened,
their souls weary
with regret
for thoughtless words,
wrong turnings,
and choices made in haste;
their hearts sorely yearning
for another chance,
another time,
another place.

On Christmas,
let us remember
those who cannot rejoice —
who are angry
and unforgiving,
their hearts on fire
with rage
and resentment,
and desire for revenge;
their minds aflame
with memories
of harm and hatred,
perpetually in agony
over injuries
sustained once.

On Christmas,
let us remember
those who cannot rejoice —
who are sick
with despair,
grieving
a world
of suffering,
whose hearts
are breaking
at the distress
and destruction
wrought
upon God’s beautiful
Creation.

On Christmas,
let us remember
the Good News
brought by the Holy Child
who came to bless,
to heal,
to comfort,
to restore
and rebuild.

On Christmas
and throughout the year
let us remember
the Lord Christ’s kingdom
has not yet been realized;
His sacred work
remains unfinished,
the process is on-going
and the tools
are in our hands.

A new commandment I give to you: that you love one another —
 just as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples —
if you have love for one another.”
~ John 13:34-35

Deborah Beach Giordano
© December 25, 2014

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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