The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Holding Christmas

The child awakens an inner voice of love that tenderly treasures all of life

Can we hold Christmas more than a day or a season, but year round? It's so fragile and easily lost.

Today I hold Christmas on my lap. I cradle it in my arms. I trace the curve of its tender cheek and touch its tiny nose as it rests its head on my heart, sleeping — eyes clamped shut in a slumber more peaceful than I can know. Eternity lies behind those eyes.

I held Christmas several times during the past year when staff members returned to the office bearing the illuminating wonder of a newborn. Amid the "oohs" and "aahs" came the longed for invitation: "Hold the baby."

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