December 13, 2017 (In A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge two hidden children Want and Ignorance. Beware them, says Christmas — beware Ignorance the most.)
Emmanuel, every hungry child is mine.
Every homeless child is mine.
Every abused child, every child
who has been made ignorant,
full of hate, full of anger is mine.
The murdered child
and the child who murders are mine.
Emmanuel, in this season now –
this very present Christmas –
there is no hiding
behind the manger or the sleigh.
More than the food basket,
the toy drive, the heating oil for winter,
the dresses for the prom …
more than one well dug,
school built, shipment of vaccine,
free dental care, recovery program
and yet including them all,
this one thing is true.
At the intersection
of want and ignorance
a star shines
and there is Bethlehem.