圣诞快乐! (Merry Christmas!)

After skyping for close to two hours with family, we went to friends’ last night (Christmas Eve) for a party and watched The Nativity movie. Going out to more friends’ today for another Christmas party. We’ll have our teachers over next week. Here’s a poem for Christmas 2007:

The Carol
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased. – Luke 2:14

Untuned, I’m flat on my feet, sharp with my tongue,
A walking talking dischord, out of sorts,
My heart murmurs are entered in lab reports.
The noise between my ears cannot be sung.

Ill-pleased, I join a line of hard-to-please people
Who want to exchange their lumpy bourgeois souls
For a keen Greek mind and a strong Roman nose,
Then find ourselves, surprised, at the edge of a stable.

Caroling angels and a well-pleased God
Join a choir of cow and sheep and dog

At this barnyard border between wish and gift.
I glimpse the just-formed flesh, now mine. They lift

Praise voices and sing twelve tones
Of pleasure into my muscles, into my bones.

– Eugene Peterson (you know, the guy who wrote that version of the Bible that Bono likes).

4 thoughts on “圣诞快乐! (Merry Christmas!)”

  1. hello joel and jessica!! wanted to say merry christmas and happy new year to you!! also, joel, i met your clone yesterday. he is a friend of josh’s from school named cameron. really a sweet kid and he looks like you. you know how the boys call you the canadian jesus? josh calls cameron the american jesus. anyway, we miss you guys!! and i have so loved getting your emails everyday, so very interesting. i want to know…did you like eating dog? just curious. we love you guys!! sharon

  2. Merry Christmas to you guys to! Please make sure to tell everyone for us!

    The dog meat wasn’t bad… just like normal meat really. You could switch out someone’s beef and they might not even notice. But there was a lot of fat and skin in the stew, and that was kind of slimy and gooey and I didn’t like the feel. Still, wasn’t that hard to eat.

    Ha, people always told me Jesus was an American…

  3. Merry Christmas guys!! I’m sorry we had to go the other night.. In retrospect — talking with you was more important than catching the last ferry, but I often realize these things too late. Sorry.

    We got some digital video and lots of pictures of Christmas. I’ll get them on a CD or in a downloadable place as soon as I can.

    We love you and pray for you. Take care and hold fast.

    Ryan and Tami and Miriam.

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