Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dear Friends,
As the Season of Advent draws to a close, I would like to share with you a  selection from a book I have been reading during Advent.  It is titled “Fragments of Your Ancient Name: 365 Glimpses of the Divine for Daily Meditation” by Joyce Rupp.  Joyce Rupp has written many books on the spiritual life and this one has daily readings that speak of finding  God in our lives.  The one I share with you  here is for December 23 and it speaks beautifully of the Incarnation as we anticipate The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The book runs through the whole year and I recommend it for daily reading and meditation.                                                                                                                         
   Emmanuel                                                                                        Breviary, O Antiphons         
                                    You have come near, God-with-us.                                                                                          Not only made your home among us,                                                                                      You have come to dwell within us                                                                                               Making of our heart a habitat of divinity.                                                                               At each moment of every single day                                                                                         You open the way for us to love,                                                                                             To go beyond our selfish inclinations,                                                                                     To seek the good in each person,                                                                                             To eliminate the barriers that divide,                                                                                             To be a welcoming home worthy of you.   
                                    Today: I am a habitat of love.
I hope that you have been able to carve out a little time to allow the peace and contemplative spirit of Advent into your hearts and minds.  It is always my saving grace in the run up to Christmas; as being at church centers me in the Peace of Christ, despite all the distractions of Santa Claus!  When our hearts are centered on the joy of Christmas, the coming of the light, and the wonder of beautiful music; our spirits are revived, and chores become gifts of this season.  I hope that you are able to see and feel the gift of joy in the coming of the Light, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and celebrate that gift this season.
Christmas blessings,Karin+

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