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Softly, Christmas

Many years ago, I received one of the most memorable Christmas gifts I've ever received. It was the Fall of 1984, and I was a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville. A classmate and friend of mine by the name of Kay gave me a sheet of fine paper on which she had written, in beautiful handwriting, a poem by Margaret Bundy Moss titled "Softly, Christmas." It's been 30 years, but each year at this time I remember the gift of these words: Softly, Christmas Walk softly As you go through Christmas, That each step may bring you Down the starlit path To the manger bed. Talk quietly As you speak of Christmas, That you shall not drown out The glorious song of angels With idle talk and merriment. Kneel reverently As you pause for Christmas, That you may feel again The spirit of the Nativity Rekindled in your soul. Rise eagerly After you have trod The Christmas path, That you may serve more fully The One whose birth we hail.