Discovered another book I released when we moved. Silly me. I was able to hear Macrina Wiederkehr speak before she died April 24, 2020 at the age of 81. She has inspired me through her books for many decades.
Do you remember shopping at K Mart? Periodically an announcer would come on the PA system and call shoppers to an area of the store where they could participate in a “Blue Light Special.” Perhaps Macrina was inspired by that announcement?
The book I let go of was entitled Seasons of Your Heart, Prayers and Reflections. Her poem Christmas Shopping spoke so deeply to me that I borrowed the eBook from the library so I could share it with you this Advent season. Read it through. Then read it again slowly and sit with the meanings. I seem to gather new insight each time I read it. Truly, a powerful work though not acclaimed as her best!
O God of words, dear Word made flesh give birth to my thoughts change them into words that will help me Christmas up the lives of those I love, for I am weak and fragile scared and empty this year and still I feel You very near. Jesus, I think I hear You coming I think I hear a sound that says you’ve cared your way into my life again. I think I see a light more lasting than the ones we hang on trees I think I see a world that’s splashed with God again so gospelled with his presence so covered with his love yet, lonely still … O shoppers, dear shoppers put your carts away. Please put your carts away and search deep down within your hearts for gifts that will not rust or fade for where your treasure is there is your heart. (Matthew 6:19–21) O look into your God-splashed, gospelled hearts and see! See Christmas standing there waiting to be, not bought but given free. We are Christmas shoppers, Lord We are shopping for a way to make your coming last O take the blind in us and hold it close O teach us how to see decorate our lives with your vision for Christmas, let us see! O shoppers, dear shoppers hang lights in your hearts instead of on your trees for the One we’ve hung our hopes on has come, and now we’re free but only if we see. Jesus, we long for Christmas-eyes. Please heal the blind in us for Christmas, eyes that see!