Let me see the shades of blue

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the jolly jingle’s all around –
but not in every heart…

Red and green are everywhere –
but some folks
just feel blue…

The rushing ’round to buy and wrap
lonely souls…
Plans for Christmas eve
leave out
all those who’ll be alone…

This merry month will be
for some
the hardest time of all…

Then, help me, Lord, I pray…

Help me hear
the tears that fall
as Christmas bells are ringing…

Let me see
the shades of blue
that cloud a neighbor’s joy…
Help me wrap my love
to share
with those who’ll be alone…

On hearts that ache and know
the pain
this season often brings,
let your touch come, Lord,
with grace to heal
with peace on Christmas day…

Austin Fleming, Roman Catholic Priest in Concord, MA


Psalm 68:5-6

Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.
God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.

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