From my reading on the afternoon of Christmas Eve:
“We always come back to the beginning.
In the beginning the love song of God is a folk song. Folk song is the telling of the whole world’s story through the singing of one man’s heart.
The Word of God uttered in Christ’s human life is a folk song.
In it is all the primal love and joy and sorrow of all the world.
It explains and simplifies all human lives in all times.
We hear it as children playing by the seashore hear the music of the ocean in a little shell.
We hear it in the voices we know best: our own children’s voices, the voices of our parents, wives, husbands, and friends.
We hear it in laughter and tears, tuned in to the dullness of our hearing, tuned to the beating of our hearts.
We hear it as sweet and clear as bird’s song in Nazareth.
The song of the Incarnation is a folk song.
It is the song of the mother rocking the cradle.
It is the song of the children singing their nursery rhymes.
It is the song of the shepherd calling his sheep.
It is the song of the lover standing at the door.
It is the song of the bridegroom singing to his bride.”
-Caryll Houselander in The Reed of God
I wish you all a Christmas season filled with peace, joy, and HOPE!