A Franciscan Christmas Blessing
December 22, 2016, 1:12 PM

Thank you for the Rector’s Gift!!   It will definitely make my winter vacation, visiting my cousins back East, more enjoyable!

The following may not be the most comfortable Christmas message we’ve ever heard, but I find it a helpful reminder of what God has empowered us to do, by giving us hearts that love, minds that think, and a spirit that reaches out to those in need.

A Franciscan Christmas Blessing for Justice and Peace

by: Education for Justice

May God bless you with discomfort...
at easy answers, hard hearts, 
half-truths, and superficial relationships. 
May God bless you
so that you may live 
from deep within your heart
where God's Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with anger...
at injustice, oppression, 
and exploitation of people.
May God bless you
so that you may 
work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears...
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war.
May God bless you so that you
may reach out your hand 
to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.

 And may God bless you with 
enough foolishness to believe
that you can make a difference 
in this world, in your neighborhood, 
so that you will courageously try 
what you don't think you can do,
but, in Jesus Christ,
you'll have all the strength necessary.

May God bless you to fearlessly
speak out about injustice, 
unjust laws, corrupt politicians,
unjust and cruel treatment of prisoners, and senseless wars, 
genocides, starvations, and poverty that is so pervasive.

May God bless you that you remember we are all called
to continue God's redemptive work
of love and healing 
in God's place,
in and through God's name,
in God's Spirit,
continually creating
and breathing new life and grace
into everything and
everyone we touch.

Source: "Troubadour: A Missionary Magazine," published by the Franciscan Missionary Society, Liverpool, UK: Spring 2005.

And, finally, I wish you all a most Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!  May your days be bright and your nights restorative.  Give thanks for those around you, for those who love you, and for those whom you love.  May the Christ Child bring you joy!