Joy and gratitude

As I prepare to take off a few days to celebrate Christmas and New Year's with my family I wanted to stop in to wish all of my readers a joyful holiday season. This time of year can be genuinely hard. The world is so very dark. The news is bleak. But in the darkness the smallest light burns brightly. I urge you to seek out that light—whatever it is for you. And give that light a chance to grow.

I thank all of you for sharing your time with me and I hope you can find the time to make a meaningful break in your routine.

Since I was a young girl I've treasured this poem from Fra Giovanni. Two weeks ago I posted a link to it but I wanted to make sure you read it this week:

Christmas Prayer

I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not, but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven.

No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in the present moment. Take Peace.

The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within our reach is joy. Take Joy!

And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you, with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away.