Christmas cards and Christmas presents organised at last. There's the pile now for the Post Office that need weighed and stamped. There are also the four piles of cards - one to be delivered by hand, one to be mailed, one to be delivered by the Boys Brigade in one town and last to be delivered by the Scouts in another town. The cards winging their way to friends and relatives bringing greetings and messages across the world.
Albert Holtz writes about Christmas cards in his book 'From Holidays to Holy Days'. He remembers the words from a poem by Walt Whitman, "I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four and each moment then.... I find letters from God dropt in the street, and every one is signed by God's name."
Albert expands on this: "I've always like that image for letters from God dropped at our feet. It reminds me of Saint Benedict's conviction that God is everywhere and is always trying to communicate with us, waiting for us to listen attentively and look carefully..... Think of one or two ways in which God has "dropped a letter at your feet" recently. Did you recognize it right away? Was its message a welcome one? How did you respond to it? When has the Lord used you to deliver a message of love and concern to someone?"
Letters from God dropped in the street....just for us.