Sunday, December 22, 2013

Peanut butter sandwiches on the way to Bethlehem

December 22, 2013

Dear Friends,

Each year in Advent I re-read John Shea’s poem in which he recounts his daughter Sharon’s story of the birth of Jesus.   

Sharon's Christmas prayer

She was five,
sure of the facts,
and recited them
with slow solemnity
convinced every word
was revelation.
She said
they were so poor
they had only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
to eat
and they went a long way from home
without getting lost. The lady rode
a donkey, the man walked, and the baby
was inside the lady.
They had to stay in a stable
with an ox and an ass (hee-hee)
but the Three Rich Men found them
because a star lited the roof.
Shepherds came and you could
pet the sheep but not feed them.
Then the baby was borned.
And do you know who he was?
Her quarter eyes inflated
to silver dollars.
The baby was God.
And she jumped in the air
whirled around, dove into the sofa
and buried her head under the cushion
which is the only proper response
to the Good News of the Incarnation.
– John Shea, The Hour of the Unexpected

Trusting that even if you have not followed Sharon’s whole-body response to the Good News of the Incarnation that you have experienced a week rich in hope, peace, and joy.

Have a Christmas filled with awe-struck awareness of God’s love.

See you next week.


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