“Simeon said to Mary his [Jesus’] mother, ‘This child marks both the failure and the recovery of many in Israel.’” Luke 2:33

Soul good intentionAccording to customs established by Moses, Simeon blessed Baby Jesus. Then he told Mary about the child’s extreme responsibility of saving the world. How overwhelming for a tiny baby!

One Christmas, our daughter, Karen, gave everyone in our family the same gift, a book titled The Book of Awakening  (Mark Nepo, 2000, Canari Press). It was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Wayne Muller wrote in the foreword how our lives are “made of days, so are days made of moments.”

The day-by-day readings are a challenge to think about simple truths and how they matter in our lives. The title for day one is “Precious Human Birth.” Nepo says, “…today you are precious and rare and awake.” He is referring to how humans are unique over all of God’s creation, and we should “enter our day with the conscious intent of doing one thing that only humans can do.”

Later that evening, I read my grandchildren a book about Jesus, the only baby born as a human and who accomplished more than humanly possible,

Lord, give me insight as I study, learn, and grow in under-standing myself as a human being, not just a human doing. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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