The message of Christmas is one that is amply brought to mind by the life lived by the Nikolas who became a bishop and the touted as saint watched the stories of his saintly life turn into the legendary Santa Claus so integral to our celebrations. Today is the day we celebrate his life as St. Nicholas Day. Long may our hearts and souls be warmed by his loving examples to us all.
A Gentle Heart At Christmas by Michael Romani A little child's play along the dreary lane As murmurs of protest are heard all in vain On the way to a church so cold it's lost it's soul And the somber priest's voice does not console Cherished lights beam from the midst of a full tree These are the moments that form and breed poetry Mass lets out with some still in continual prayer As one child dares to dream her way out of this despair Stealing away with Baby Jesus to the local candy store She finds magic as she runs swiftly to the door Her unselfish dream is the prayer of keeping him warm While shadows grow on walls, a little girl's dreams form Even the blind can see the beauty of a warm heart One that is kind and giving from the very start The world looks so different through a child's eyes Yet, over the walls of resistance she subtly flies With a startled gasp, she finds the Baby Jesus forgiving There in the deep cold that she embraces as she's living Love in a child's heart remains such as by adults little understood But the warmth intended was every intention of good Hers is a gentle heart as she lulls Jesus with a tender lullaby Woken from bed her mother tells of a night spent unpleasantly Born into the bitter cold, the little girl was borne with love With a silent night of stars resting, twinkling above Broken hearts often find their way together as a family There in providing shelter from storms as it must always be Keeping a sense of magic, encircled by each other's arms Love this true is a love of many splendid charms The Baby Jesus is returned for the love of God and good of soul The midnight moon brings its tender mercy to console The greatest miracles are those found in humanity When learning to love transform us into putting away our vanity Some may have forgotten this blessed open sense of secret While we're lost in rituals that sometimes make us forget Things like Christmas being about God's love and how it's found As the passing of the year turns itself around and round The child watches the Christmas snow seen through her window She opens her angelic arms open as wide as they will go In this moment is the truth of the love this world needs The girl smiles innocently and with her eyes pleads... ...Hear her in your heart.... (c) December 6, 2018 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved