It has been awhile since I posted. I offer this poem I wrote several years ago.
At Christmas last year, I read an essay by Parker Palmer on On Being that reminds me the miracle of Christmas and the incarnation of God in human form. It reminded me how, as a child growing up in Northern Alberta, Christmas was a time of wonder I could not explain and try not to as a rational adult.
At about the same time, Parker posted on Facebook about an event he experienced the previous year in Nogales Mexico at a house for asylum seekers. Asylum is another way of saying they were seeking refuge. He points out Jesus was likely a person of colour. He was a born into the Jewish faith. In this sense, his birth is an ecumenical event.
Carpenter guiding the way,
Expectant mother riding,
Backs straight; heads held high–
Donkey serving as regal carriage.
Seeking refuge from the night–
Giving birth in a stable,
Swathed and cradled in a manger,
Beasts welcoming the child.
Showering gifts upon us–
Returning each year,
Lighting the way–
Only asking, “Can you open your hearts?”
Source of strength,
Our turn to humbly receive gifts,
For several years, Kathy and I enjoyed Canadian singer and actor Tom Jackson. In pre-Covid times, he toured at Christmas to help food banks. In the midst of Covid, we each have to find ways to share with those in need.
He does a lovely rendition of Huron Carole, which I share below. Again, this points to an ecumenical nature of Christmas, Christ’s Mass, echoing Parker’s remembrance of “the story, the music, the candlelight, the scent of pine, the silent night, the warm presence of family and friends.”
For me, it is also food and opening a present on Christmas Eve. The food included traditional French-Canadian tourtière (meat pie), which Kathy and I continue to share with our children and grandchildren.
Thank you Elvira. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year
Thank you Ivon. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year too!
Happy Holidays Ivon to you and your Family!
Thank you Cindy. Best wishes through Christmas and New Year to you and yours
Merry Christmas, Ivon. I hope we will see more of you in the new year. Be well.
Thank you Carrie. Have a wonderful Christmas and a lovely New Year. I am planning on blogging more. I have to figure out how to do more with less.
Blessings to you and your family, Ivon. I’m a believer that if it is to be, a way will be found or will otherwise unfold. We need only be patient while taking one step at a time in our daily walk. Be well, Ivon.
Happy holidays and merry Christmas dear Ivon 🎄⭐️🕊🤍peace and light hedy🤍
Thank you Hedy and right back at you. Stay warm and safe.
Enjoy your days and loved ones…sending all good things 🤍🕊✨🎄
Thank you Hedy
Thank you. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.
Merry Christmas Ivon!
Thank you and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Ivon! 🎄⛄️🦌🍷
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your, Patricia
A beautiful poem and perfect for the day. Merry Christmas.
Thank you Peggy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Merry Christmas, Ivon!
Merry Christmas to you and your.
Hello crowcanyonjournal, happy New year
Have a very Merry Christmas!
Thank you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.
Thank you GP. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours
Thank you. I have just published a new and special post entitled “🎊 Season’s Greetings: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 🎄🎅☃️” to celebrate the festive season. The post combines art, graphics, poems, music and animations. May you enjoy my new post to your heart’s content!
Wishing you a 🎄🎊 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ☃️🎅!
Wishing you and your family a wonderfully productive weekend doing or enjoying whatever that satisfies you the most! Take care and prosper!
Thank you. It is a lovely post. Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year to you and yours. Take care and be well
Dear Ivon and Kathy, I hope your Christmas has been rich in fellowship and meaning as you sent time with your family. Hopefully, our world begins healing in the coming year. All the best to both of you. Trish
Thank you Trish. I hope the same things. We spent a quiet Christmas and talked to family in different parts of the world. All the best to you and yours. Ivon and Kathy
Merry Christmas and happy holidays dear.
It’s beautiful, the poem 🥰
You are most welcome ❤️
I will be adding more poems, just started this podcast. So come and listen and watch me grow. If you like poetry this is perfect for you. https://anchor.fm/introvertedpoetess
Merry Christmas to you
Wishing you much joy in the New Year!
Thank you Ina. May you have a Happy, Prosperous 2022
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
ANY DAY CAN BE CHRISTMAS! IN OUR HEARTS!
Thank you for the re-blogs Jonathan. Have a wonderful day
THANAK-A-YOU, IVON—-YOU ALSO!
Maybe I’m a little late, but I wanted to tell you that I took up teaching since the last year and have been enjoying it so much. You are one of my first teacher bloggers that I had followed on WordPress, thanks for sharing your wonderful poetry and simple but wholesome encounters with children. 🤗💜
Thank you for the kind words. I understand teaching as a calling and it sounds like you have responded to what calls you. This will mean never having to work a day in your life. Take care and enjoy.
Yess, thanks! It’s worth the look of wonder and admiration when kids discover their favourite poems holding your hands!
i wish you a merry christmas
Thank you and Merry Christmas to you.