As I sat in the stillness of early Christmas morning in a quiet time of meditation, the angel on the Christmas tree, dressed in white satin and tiny pearls, softly blew on her trumpet.

“Hope” she gently trumpeted.
Hope for those who feel hopeless.  Don’t lose sight of hope.”

“Joy” she gently trumpeted.
“Joy for those who experience no joy.   Don’t lose sight of joy.”

“Peace” she gently trumpeted.
“Peace for those who don’t know what peace feels like.  Don’t lose sight of peace.”

“Love” she gently trumpeted.
Love for those who are unaware that love exists.  Don’t lose sight of love.”

But, from time to time, we lose sight of peace and joy and love and hope, as personal worries, global concerns, fear, war, the tripledemic, financial and unresolved health issues occupy our thoughts.  As Madeleine L’Engle wrote: “We cannot wait till the world is sane to raise our songs with joyful voice, for to share our grief, to touch our pain, He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!”

Gentle Trumpeting Angel, you have sounded the call to remember that the signs of Hope, Peace, Joy, Love … *are* here.  Sometimes in big ways. Sometimes in not-so-big ways.   But, they are here.

This holiday season, may we rejoice … let the angels wrap us in their loving wings and give us signs and reminders that Hope and Joy and Peace and Love are possible for ourselves and for our world.

May the entire Season of Christmas with its 12 days be blessed.  Blessed with hope, peace, joy and love in ways you can’t even begin to imagine.  And may your soul be touched in some gentle, unexpected way.

Merry Christmas!   Today is the *first* of the 12 Days of Christmas!

Onwards to the remaining eleven days of the Season of Christmas.

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This sweet “Trumpeting Angel” shows up on my Christmas Tree every year and was the muse for this reflection.