A Christmas Haiku


Today is Monday, December 11th

Light two purple candles.


Today, let’s be different. You might remember the ancient form of poetry called Haiku. Simple words, three lines, 17 syllables in the form of 5-7-5. It simply frames moment in time. You pause, reflect on something, and put it into a few words. As a fun challenge today (and all week please!) write a Christmas haiku. Or, while waiting in line at the store, or in traffic, notice what’s going on around you and write a haiku about what you see.

Play along. It’s fun and we are fun people. Post your results! Here are samples:


A Christmas Haiku

            Holy infant's born (5 syllables)
            in Bethlehem of Judah (7 syllables)
            His name is Jesus (5 syllables)

A Traffic Haiku

            Cars lined up for miles
            Drivers trying to get home
            Stop! Now go! Repeat


The challenge is set. It's all about stopping and being present in the present. Setting down the lists and the phone and seeing what's around you. Observing the ordinary. Interacting in the immediate. 

Don't miss the moment. (Did you read Fr. Craige's '3 Misses and a Hit'?)

And when you pick up your phone again, send us your Haiku. Or post to Facebook or Instagram using hashtags #CSPConspiracy #ChristmasHaiku. And we will also post them below...

Christ was born for me
Oh come let us adore Him!
Praise His Holy Name!

In his book 'The Furious Longing of God', Brennan Manning challenges the reader to take a few moments each day for a month, with closed eyes and upturned palms, praying: "Abba, I belong to You." He says, "It's a prayer of exactly seven syllables, the number that corresponds perfectly to the rhythm of our breathing. As you inhale - 'Abba'. As you exhale - 'I belong to You.'" (The Furious Longing of God, p. 46) 

So in the spirit of the Haiku challenge, an Advent morning Haiku:

Breathing in and out:
"Abba, Father, I am yours,
I belong to you."