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A Christmas Carol

I wrote this on a Christmas road trip to Death Valley. I’ve done Christmas three times at Death Valley and each was special. A peak experience of family togetherness and the sheer wonder of all that Death Valley has to offer.

I wrote this one in my head and I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten it down in writing. I had been doing career and politics and hadn’t written a thing in years. My life was full and creative so I didn’t miss not writing. I did miss not taking a goodly amount of time for contemplation and self-reflection. I had been used to an hour or so in the morning and an hour or so in the evening reflecting and planning.

But that had all gotten burned away when I became hyper busy and a more organized and disciplined version of myself. My reflections were strategic and purposeful and less about me then I was used to.

On the trip though I quickly felt away and dropped all the day to day stuff I’d been wrestling with and was present. I’d been thinking about a Christmas Carol but might have started this one as a song of gratitude and then grabbed the Carol theme.

Anyway, here it is:

Thank you for looking after fools and drunks

I’ve always tried to do the same

I’ve been doing it since I was a very young man

And I first heard the story why Jesus came.

And Jesus was born in a manger

Born to give hope to the poor

That we all stand equal under the sight of God

And to the kingdom of heaven there is a door,

And to the kingdom of heaven there is a door.

And Jesus spoke of the mustard seed

And fed all who came fish and bread

He taught the common people in parables

He made the wine when his friends were wed,

When Lazarus died he raised the dead.

Jesus walked and talked the way of love

It was the reason that he came

And he told us to raise up disciples

More humble servants to do the same,

More humble servants to do the same.

And Jesus was born in a manger

Come to give hope to the poor

That we all stand equal under the sight of God

And to the kingdom of heaven there is a door,

And to be he kingdom of heaven there is a door.

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