Wednesday, December 22, 2021



Dear All of Us,

My oldest daughter 

just had a birthday.

She asked our family

for a unique present.

Would each of us gift her 

with a time and place

to be together,

to just be present to each other.

I invited her for a leisurely Sunday stroll 

through the National Arboretum here in DC.

The present of presence.

The birth of Jesus is God asking us  

for a unique present,

to be together,

to be present to each other.

The present of presence.


       John Frank