Merry Christmas, everyone!

Having family with whom you live, or nearby, is a great grace. Another kind of grace is not having family nearby, in which case, if you’re lucky and your friends have especially generous hearts, you’re invited to be with, eat with, and participate with other people’s families. To enter in, while also remaining in some sense a stranger.

I find the best kind of people are the ones who are hungry to talk, to share, and hungry for someone to listen. That’s kind of your role in these kinds of situations. And I find if you can and do listen, beneath the entertaining, fascinating, sometimes horrifying details (though the person isn’t performing or consciously trying to tell a great story, the details come out, especially if you ask about them) is the voice of the human condition, the cry of the human heart.

Also, families often have children which, if you’re my age, are often your friends’ grandchildren. So that is another huge, strange gift.

I mention this because if you live a lot of your “real life” in your mind and heart, as I do, mingling socially, and entering into the life of a family that’s not your own, can be daunting and also–here, I reveal myself–seem like a “waste of time.”

Instead I find–I go away humbled, inspired, well-fed, with many interesting questions roiling around in my head, and most of all deeply, eternally, grateful.

That goes for whether I’m in the home of a Catholic friend that’s bedizened with prayer cards, icons, and Madonna candles, or a home that’s more or less secular.

Because if you can’t find Christ with a child in your midst–and the matter-of-factly self-sacrificing mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and others who care for, support, nurture and love the child–you’re not going to find him anywhere.

“But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” John 1: 12-14.

May your Christmas season be filled with glory, grace, and truth.

11 Replies to “O COME LET US ADORE HIM”

  1. Lisa Porter says: Reply

    Christmas blessings, Heather!

  2. Anonymous says: Reply

    thank you heather! that was a beautiful piece! and the picture was great too.
    merry christmas!

  3. HEATHER KING says: Reply

    Merry Christmas, dear readers!

  4. Sandra Hannes says: Reply

    Hi Heather
    I am one of those who had people I don’t know well in my home on Christmas (my daughter’s future in-laws), as well as lots of family and visiting dogs. I admit I was overwhelmed with the general chaos while I was responsible for hosting and getting the goose cooked and on the table. I am humbled by the help I received by my new guests when they jumped in to repair my failed gravy and by their generous contributions of food and comfortable conversation. I forgot to thank them for the flowers they brought and am writing them to overcome that omission today. Anyway, while I generally consider myself fairly level headed, somehow it all falls apart under pressure. So guests who are accepting and forgiving of the messiness are most appreciated. I tell myself that next year I will have it all under control, but…

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      I hear you, Sandra–really, the angst of the guest is nothing compared to the angst of the host which I can say having experienced the holiday meal from both ends. I’m sure your guests were thrilled to be there and how lovely that they brought flowers, rescued the gravy, and held up their end of the conversation…We also serve who stand and wait…to eat?…They knew him in the breaking of bread, so however awkward and imperfect, these shared meals require everyone to “show up” and are a good thing…Anyway, well done, and Happy 2024!

  5. Anonymous says: Reply

    Blessings on you ( and. in you) this Christmas time!! Your insights and books have helped me grow in my walk with God, Heather! Thank you for your sharing from your soul and listening to Our Lord!! He’s gifted you with faith and the words …and YOU have gifted US!!!
    Love and gratitude,.Robin Hafey

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Robin, I can’t tell you how glad I am to hear that! Thanks for letting me know that you’ve benefited from my work–I’m happy to have you as a reader, and wishing you many blessings in 2024…

  6. Anne Mallampalli says: Reply

    I love how you write. And I love you. Your heart speaks right to mine.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Cor ad cor loquitur, as John Henry Newman said–I love that, and love to you for the New Year and beyond, Anne–

  7. Elizabeth Ann Dreier says: Reply

    Beautiful sentiments beautifully expressed. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Blessed Octave of Christmas/Feast of the Holy Innocents and Happy 2024, Elizabeth Ann–I feel you have been with me for a while!


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