(I received this from a friend and thought it was too beautiful not to pass on to you.)
If father Christmas himself were to burst through my door and offer to grant me some spectacular power for this day, I know what I'd ask for the power to wish you...not a tree full of partridges and pears, not a collapsible sauna bath nor a day of feasting and surprise....but six moments.
I'd wish you a moment of peacefulness...a deep down flowing through your toes and fingers calmess. A stillness at your center that soothes all the hurts and heals the weariness.
I'd wish you a kind of resting in God that enables you to feel the texture of Christmas...the softness and the toughness and the radiant reality. And the knowledge that inner peace is always within your grasp.
I'd wish you a moment of merriment...a soul-skipping, heart-dancing kind of freedom from all that keeps you earth-bound and drudge-blinded.
I'd wish you the capacity to forgive and to let go of old resentments and past bitterness and horrid feelings so that you are set free to really live.
I'd wish you a moment of courage...the courage to do something you've wanted to do for a long time. To tell someone you're sorry or to bridge a chasm or to reach out and touch a person who needs to hear you say, "I love you".
I'd wish you the spunk to look deep down inside yourself and if you find the grounds for it, to say with honest boldness, "I've been wrong. Forgive me".
I'd wish you a moment of gratitude...for all that has been, the good and the bad that has molded you and taught you and made you what you are. I'd wish you the expectation and the eagerness for all that is to come. but most of all, I'd wish you awareness of all that is - right now.
I'd wish you a moment of love...not a selfish, seeking, "give me" kind of love, but such an all-encompassing caring for yourself and others, the world and God who made you, that you'd feel as if you'd touched the star of Bethlehem itself.
I'd wish you a moment of truth...of knowing who you are and what Christmas is. I'd wish you the knowledge that Christmas isnt "out there" somewhere to be found in colored lights and presents and flaming plum pudding. But that Christmas is in you. That God has put it there. And that all you have to do is reach out and touch it.
A magical Father Christmas isn't going to burst through my door to give me some special kind of power, of course. But he doesn't need to. I can wish these things for you without that.
And I do. I tenderly do. But knowing all the time that only you can make them come true.
And thats my last wish.That you will.
May this holiday season be the merriest ever, and may 2007 be filled with blessings of joy, good, health and laughter for you and your family!