Dear Faith Barista friends,
It is Christmas. And my heart is gathering.
To learn, laugh, and live — in this inner place where life and faith intersect.
In my journey to follow the Star, it has led me to you.
I don’t believe in coincidence, even here across digital bytes.
Thank you for the gift of your words. In the exchange of a comment, tweet, email — or silent companionship — we have shared the days together. How wonderful to find our paths cross this sweet December day.
My wish for you this Merry Christmas is the best of whatever is to come, to you and those you love. With warmest of blessings, I share a poem with you this Christmas night.
Like the Rose of Sharon, overwintering in the snow
You bury December deep, with a promise of spring, beyond the unknown
When the heart softens to exhale
When one wakes up to dream again
Christmas carries –
Light, bring me closer
Hope, lift me to remember
You came. You were here.
Breathing as I am,
Heart beating, thoughts filling, body tiring.
Christmas carries —
Bringing peace that was so quiet, then
I come now, arms reaching, now
You come. You are here.
Carry me to the joy of good to come
Past the trials, beyond the clouds, the certainty I seek.
It is You.
The hope, the love, the joy, and the peace.
It is You.
Christmas carries. Christmas carries.
“Mary said, “My soul exalts the Lord. And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior…
For He has had regard for the humble state of His servant…
For the Mighty One has done great things for me. ” Luke 1:46-49