Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Feast of St. Nicholas

People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16

Becoming a Child Again

Stiff and awkward all agility
lost to bad joints and old age
we tooter around in anxiety
careful with everything except
reckless with our opinions.

Snow has fallen and we sigh
worried about scraping and cleaning
we gaze out the window over
morning coffee's steam seeking
a way to stay at home.

The snow flakes wonders lost
can be found again if we look
the joy of simply arising daily
can make us children again
if we but seek them.

The light and beauty
generosity of heart
laughter at the ready
and curiosity bubbling over
is not for the young alone.

Let them come who also are
vulnerable and frightened
at society's discretion
often left alone and abandoned
but still willing to run
to warm and loving arms.

Let us move towards the child
lean in to love and delight
wrapping our arms around tenderness
stealing giggles and play
in every possible moment.

We await the Emmanuel God with us
the Christ child within us
hungry for love and shelter
simply love ans simply hold
one precious life for all.

The Collect

Almighty God, in your love you gave your servant Nicholas of Myra a perpetual name for deeds of kindness both on land and sea: Grant, we pray, that your Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor, and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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