Dear Friends,                                                                                             

 

Joy to you and your family this Christmas Day! 

 

Christmas is about Jesus. 

And Jesus is about the utterly-loving-Creator-God’s desperate desire for all of creation to know that we are all utterly loved. 

 

Like Edwin Markham’s poem: Outwitted

 

He drew a circle that shut me out—

Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout,

But love and I had the wit to win:

We drew a circle that took him in. 

 

Christmas is God’s outwitting move—drawing the largest of circles that takes us in.  I pray that each and every one of us will know God’s loving encirclement today.  God knows this is where our healing rests.  Only when we know and trust that we live and move and have our being in God’s loveliness will we be set free from fear to live life lovingly.  We often hear that people can only love others if they first love themselves.  Well, we can only love ourselves when we know that we have first been loved by One greater than us, outside of us, yet One who loves us from within.   O Jesus may your birth among us remind us of God’s loving encirclement of our lives.  Alan.

 

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