KWANZAA CELEBRATION

Observance for Unity, Creativity, Faith and Gift Giving

by African Americans and the African Diaspora

The seven candles represent the following:

Umoja – Unity

Kujichagulia – Self Determination

Ujima – Collective Work and Responsibility

Ujamaa – Cooperative Economics

Nia – Purpose

Kuumba – Creativity

Imani – Faith

May these attributes of the Kwanzaa celebration promote greater understanding and common ground for peace among all peoples.

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HUMBLE BREATHING

Free Verse

Before the Stable

KNEELING BEFORE THE CHRISTMAS STABLE

SPEECHLESS BEFORE GOD MADE NEWBORN

WHILE THE OX AND ASS GAVE YOU THE BEST GIFT

THEIR WARMING BREATH TO BREAK AWAY THE COLD

IN MY NOTHINGNESS

DO I TREMBLE TO THANK YOU FOR COMING IN THE FLESH

TO SAVE THE WORLD, TO SAVE ME FROM MYSELF

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JOYEUX NOEL

REFLECTIONS FROM MY PROVENCAL CRECHE

Imagine my girlish eyes gazing upon a gurgling brook streaming down the French Alps.  I am thoroughly refreshed by sipping the pure icy water and marvel that my childhood is a grace moment from God who formed my destiny into the earthly space I occupy.  Growing up in a loving, adventurous French-American family, it was easy to embrace the best of both culture and traveling all of Europe.  This springboard was my first place to own propelling me to an unexpected adult life.

Psalm 24 asks: “Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?”  I WILL, dear Lord, now fledgling, becoming a mother within a bad marriage.  I had no choice but to climb the mountain of abuse ending in divorce to grapple for freedom and peace or else I would die!  God’s fingers still invisible to me stopped my drowning — this is my second place to own because it was full of miracles and my conversion.

Psalm 24 continues in asking: “Who will stand in His holy place?”  I WILL, dear Lord for you branded my heart to be your ‘daughter of Jerusalem,’ happily remarried 33 years strong, surrounded by holy friendships and writing a daily blog of thanksgiving…now this is my current place to own and give my utmost joy to share God’s goodness with everyone until my last breath.

o  glorious reflections from  my Provencal creche!

I sincerely wish all of you a very Merry Christmas

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ROBUST BEAUTY

Cactus Flowers by Acerting Art

HAIKU

AMAZING HOW A

HARDY CACTUS FLOURISHES

IN PLENTY SNOW COVER

This reminds me what’s at the heart of Christmas.

How the babe in the manger came into the world as a fragile newborn

so we would not be afraid to love him.

“IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO LOVE

PEOPLE HAVE TO FEEL THAT THEY ARE  LOVED.”

Quote from St. John Bosco

I pray you feel loved as you read this – if not – I Love You!

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RADICAL GIFT

HAIKU

MARY’S TOTAL FIAT

JOSEPH’S COMPLETE SURRENDER

SON OF SALVATION

On that very cold starry night, Jesus is born into the hearts of everyone in the world.  He became human to show us how to live in harmony under God’s laws.  He died for our sins to give us resurrection of body and soul.  His gentle, humble kingship will not be destroyed and his dominion is everlasting.  Now comes His invitation for eternal life.

In this festive and holy season, can we draw closer to Jesus to receive His promises of Hope, Mercy  and Peace that we so desperately need?

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