Monday, December 24, 2012

Here is all alright.

My house is full with babies and their parents who were my own babies not long ago. I am having a great time reading Frog and Toad, walking down to the creek with Scout to clip sprays of berries and branches of redwood greenery, dandling the littlest ones on my knee....don't know when or if I will get those blinds dusted because there is still grocery shopping to do....wonder if I could squeeze in a service at church this morning while the others are out hiking in the mud....After all, I made the pies last night and they are in the freezer, all white and stiff and not giving a hint as to their glory soon to be revealed.
It's the day of the eve of the Feast, and I am weary, yes. It seems to be a fitting state of body and even of mind and heart, to be at least a tiny bit poor in spirit, in order to receive the Lord and the Joy of the Lord.

I want to be sure to wish all of my friends in Blogland a Very Merry Christmas! I pray that in whatever state you are, you can know something of what it means that all is alright. God is with us.
A Christmas Carol

The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all alright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world's desire.)

The Christ-child stood on Mary's knee,
His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,

And all the stars looked down.

-- G.K. Chesterton



Pom Pom said...

That is a beautiful poem that I shall keep close to my heart.
Yes, it's crazy and wearisome here, too. Joyful as well!
I am baking and MAYBE sweeping and mopping.
I love you, sweet GJ! I am so thankful for sisters in Christ who are real and true.

BrightSoul said...

Oh, Gretchen, how lovely are the things you post! I wish you and yours the happiest of Christmas's and that your family feel and BE blessed.

Sara said...

Thank you, Gretchen Joanna, and blessings to you and yours this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

I love that poem, and the painting too...very different from the usual.

peacework projects said...

Merry Christmas!!!!! Love Frog and Toad. I think when all my kids are gone I will still keep them around.

Farm Girl said...

Your house sounds like my house and I love G.K. Chesterton as well. Have a lovely time with your blessings that are filling your home.

E Helena E said...

A blessed Christmas to you and your clan!

elizabeth said...

Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Christmas!!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Thanks for this poem, GJ! Merry Christmas! Blessings!


Anita Ashworth said...

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas Gretchen Joanna!

Jo said...

It is the day after Christmas down here in Oz, recovering with a cup of tea. I do hope you are enjoying a wonderful, noisy family Christmas, and counting all those lovely, tiny, shrieking blessings..

Cathy said...

Merry Christmas to you too!
Always a restful place to visit here. You know what is important and you live your life with that in the forefront.

Maria said...

Thank you for the poem.