Headlong to Christmas

Pat Marsh

17 December 2017

Headlong to Christmas

the rush
has begun

and we know 
it can only get worse
as we race
what passes
for the celebrations of your birth

holy child
give us
islands of stillness
in the frenzy of preparation

give us snatches
of peace
amid the tensions
of others’ expectations

and in the excesses
of the shopping mall
remind us
of the simple poverty
of the stable

Holy Child
as we rush towards Christmas
give us your stillness
your peace
your simplicity

give us especially
the gift of yourself

©Pat Marsh

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