Wondrous Anticipation

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In moments like this, I can barely breathe because my heart feels so full.

I am thinking of loved-ones, especially family; I am listening to beautiful classical Christmas music; I’ve read today’s Scriptures (Christmas Eve), and read some Christmas poems; I am aware of my loved-ones in Heaven being near to me in spirit; and I have in my heart the feeling of wondrous anticipation for Christ’s birth.

The ever Life-Full Now of Christ alive in me.

I think of Mary going into labor that very first “Christmas Eve.”  And I think of all women who have labored their babes in birthing.  And I think of all poets and prophets who have labored The Word, all artists who birth beauty, all common laborers who birth the miracle of ordinary graces every day.

Lord! Life is bursting!

Dear Jesus, hold me together, as I hold You in my heart.  Let me Fear Not to birth You as You birth me.

Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

Afternoon on Christmas Eve 2018