A Christmas Greeting
There is nothing I can give you
which you have not;
But there is much, very much that
while I can not give it, you can take .
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts
find rest in 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.
There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see,
and to see, we have only to look, I beseech you to look.
Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by
their covering, cast them away as ugly, or heavy, or hard.
Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it
a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom, with power.
Welcome it, grasp it and you touch the angels hand
that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a
Or a duty, believe me,That angels hand is there, the gift is
there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence,
Our joys too, be not content with them as joys.
They too, conceal livening gifts.
And so this time I greet you,
not quite as the world sends greetings but with
profound esteem and with the prayer that for you
now and forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee.
A Christmas card by
Fra Giovanni, 1513 A. D.
- 22 Dec 2010