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Christmas: Little Child, O Little Child

Christmas: Little Child, O Little Child

Little Child
O Little Child
born this day
becoming one of us
showing us love’s way.

Little Child
O Little Child
shepherds gather near
in you they know
there is nothing to fear.

Little Child
O Little Child
angels sing your praise
our hearts are stirred
as with them our voices raise.

Little Child
O Little Child
creation repeats this joy
born for us, born for all
you, Mary’s little boy.

Little Child
O Little Child
Joseph gently guarding you
inviting those who seek
to witness love a new.

Little Child
O Little Child
animals give you a home
they seem to know
that with you we are not alone.

Little Child
O Little Child
wise ones arrive with gifts
adoring you, worshiping you
God present in their midst.

Little Child
O Little Child
I too draw to your side
I kneel now at your manger
giving all I hold inside.

Little Child
O Little Child
you are now here
I rejoice in this gift
for you I love so dear.

Little Child
O Little Child
you are the way
you are truth and life
be born in me today.

Little Child
O little Child
Jesus born this day
you are one of us, with us
beyond this Christmas day.


St. Francis of Assisi was so in awe of the Christ Child that when he spoke of the Babe from Bethlehem his voice sounded like a bleating sheep and tasted like sweet honey. May our voices be filled with warmth and delight this Christmas Season.

As we draw near the stable, let us be mindful of the simplicity of it. As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour, let us be mindful that he calls us to simplicity so that we may all enjoy the gift of his birth and God present in all of creation.

As we linger at his manger, let us be aware of those who have nothing and simply seek the warmth of humanity. Let us be aware that the Christ Child and his parents were refugees and migrants seeking shelter and that at this time there are thousands of our brothers and sisters in the same situation.

As we gaze upon the Holy Family, let us be conscious of those who have no family and those who are alone. Let us be conscious that the newborn Child calls us to make room for one more at our tables, in our churches, in our gatherings.

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate, let us be attentive that several people will not be able to do so because of suffering, hurts, natural disasters and violence. Let us be attentive to their needs and at the very least offer prayers in this holy season for these our brothers and sisters.

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us give thanks and praise to God for all that we have and all the good and generous gifts we have received. Let us give thanks and praise that our God is with us today and always.

Merry Christmas
may the blessings
of this season be abundant
and lead you to walk into 2020
with renewed vision and hope.

 
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Artwork by: Yevgenia Petrenko, ofs – Ukraine