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Published 12-20-10
Charles Wesley, Paramahansa Yogananda, Kathy Ganino


Dear Readers,

The baby Jesus lay in a manger. Perhaps the moist breath of an ox
nearby warmed the air, which smelled of the animals and hay. We
don't know that for sure, but we know Jesus' birth was a scene of
poverty. It was not kingly at all. How significant that the story of
Christian love begins with the humblest seed of hope. So often, the
Lord tiptoes into our lives without fanfare. Yet if we look up, a
bright star is shining light into our lives. It is unbounded Love,
heralded by the angels and recognized by a few, like the poor
shepherds and the wealthy Magi; traveling, following the Light
wherever it leads them. The star shines for the poor and the rich;
this symbol of hope asks only that we follow it relentlessly and
steadfastly, until we, too, kneel before the cradle of Love.

- Lisa

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Gaudenzio Ferrari 1533 nativity
"Adorazione Pastori"            Gaudenzio Ferrari, 1533

Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven, to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling; all thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation; enter every trembling heart.

Charles Wesley (1707-1778)
Methodist Hymn writer


Coax Christ today with your songs and the devotion
of your heart, and then coax him with your deepening
Self-realization. With all the intensity of your zeal and
inner perception, merge your consciousness in the
happiness within. Forget time. When you feel joy
spreading within you, realize that Christ is hearing
your song. You are not identified with Christ if your
concentration is merely on the words. But if your
joy is singing within, Christ is listening to you.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Yogi and guru; Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship

El Greco - Adoracion
"Adoracion de los Reyes"            El Greco, 1614

‘Twas a night filled with darkness

‘Twas a night filled with darkness
Except for a star
That beckoned three wise men
Who came from afar
They came with a faith
They studied the sky
They knew it was grand
The prophets don’t lie
The promise they knew
Of a king to be sure
He’d belong to his people
He’d be strong and secure
How could they find him?
How would they know?
They followed the star
It showed where to go
They traveled so long
They were weary and worn
But still they went on
For the star still shone
But after their journey
They came to their rest
And found this King infant
Upon a straw nest.
A woman and man
Cradled this child
So helpless, so perfect,
So small, undefiled.
The star shone above them
In this holy place
Their faith was rewarded
As they looked on His face.
They fell to their knees
Their gaze did not stir
His eyes pierced their hearts
Their eyes shed a tear.
They laid down three gifts
To honor this king
While high in the sky
Sweet angels did sing.
“Halleluia, Halleluia
With praises we sing
Halleluia, Halleluia
To our newborn King”
He is the Christ
He is the One
He has come to love us
He is God’s Son.
Amen, Amen,
I say this is true
He came for me,
And He came for you.
Do not despair
And do not fear
Jesus is with you
Each day of the year.
His eyes look at you
With longing and love
He’s not far away
Like the stars from above.
Just look to the stable
Where the baby child lies
And cast your gaze
On His loving eyes.
Sing “Halleluia, Halleluia
My praises I sing
I have found my dear Savior
My Jesus, my King!”

Kathy Ganino
Poet and writer

The Last Word:

And so, dear ones, my Christmas will go on
forever, in ever increasing joy everlasting.
If this joy were limited, as worldly happiness is,
a time would come when all would be finished.
But no saint will ever be able to exhaust
the ever-new bliss of God.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Love is metaphysical gravity.

R. Buckminster Fuller (1893-1983)
American engineer, designer, inventor, futurist


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