First, a story about the photo: Someone found a lost Christmas scarf on the sidewalk and tied it decoratively on a streetlamp. I snapped this photo in the morning on my way to work; when I passed by in the evening, the scarf was gone. What a lovely way, I thought, to keep the scarf clean and dry until the owner came back to retrieve it — and give passersby a cheery Christmas message, too!
A friend posted the thoughtful poem below on Facebook and I had to share it with you. It’s by Madeleine L’Engle, who wrote A Wrinkle in Time. I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. Thank you for visiting Virtue Connection. Let’s pray for each other that we allow the Christ Child to transform our hearts to be like His in 2018.
He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.
He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.
He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.
He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.
We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!