On this cold winter morning
I think of those who are lonely
I think of those who are abandoned
I think of those who are in the streets
I think of those near and afar
I think of the refugees
I think of those fleeing from the wars that we create
I think of Jesus whose family had to flee for him to be born
And I ask myself
How can a Christian heart not be moved by them?
How can a Christian heart not be touched by the plight of our brothers and sisters
who are sleeping rough tonight?
How can a Christian heart not listen to the silent cry of our brothers and sisters
who dared to cross borders in quest for life?
How can a Christian heart not be shaken by the strength of our brothers and sisters
who like you and me just want a dignified life?
May you be truly born in our hearts this Christmas
May you awake our souls to the plight of the homeless, the refugees,
the strangers, the widows and the orphans of today
May we be born with you to a renewed Christian life
May we humble ourselves in the face of this crying reality of our times
May our hearts learn to follow your heart by manifesting compassion
and love to all those in need in the here and now