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December 24, 2021


Reflections on Christmas Blessings


As I write these words

I am at home safe and warm

Christmas trinkets adorn our tree

glittering gifts abundant below

my body is healthy, enjoying rest

from clearing last nights snow


As I write these words

my wife perfects tomorrows feast

my children are safe in their rooms

playing or working at whatever it is

they do the day before Christmas

happy sounds fill this home


As I write these words

deadly infections devastate the planet

deadly floods devastate Malaysia

deadly storms devastate the Philippines

deadly fires devastate Osaka

deadly neighbours devastate communities


As I write these words

I and mine ponder tomorrows bounty

others and theirs weep for their loss

I and mine know overwhelming blessing

others and theirs endure lives destroyed

dear God in Heaven, how can this be?


Reflections on Christmas Blessings

A poem by Peter Rhebergen
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