Most of the people I know - people who genuinely wish to spiritually welcome the newborn Jesus into their lives at Christmas - find themselves struggling to go to a place within, a place free of the demands, the craziness, the media assault, and the violence around us.
This poem written by the monk Thomas Merton over 50 years ago offers all of us some encouragement and comfort.
An Advent Song
Into this world, this demented inn,
in which there is absolutely no room
for Him. Christ has come uninvited.
to the crisis before breakfast
the unexpected at dinner
in between the cranky toddler
and the exasperating senior citizen
when fatigue blights our day
worry disturbs our night
disappointment saps our strength
defeat destroys our hope...
into this demented inn
and though uninvited..
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