Advent: Waiting for Jesus and the Holy Ones

May we remember during Advent, and at Christmas, the gifts we give one another with love, are also gifts to Jesus, the other Holy Ones, and the Spirits. May we each create some things of great beauty to give directly to the Christ Child and the Others, in appreciation for their care, generosity, and their suffering on our behalf. May we remember that Jesus was born when the people of Israel were enduring a long period of occupation. May we move beyond giving food and toys to those in need (although these may also be sorely needed) to a commitment to justice, safety, and the meeting of basic needs for all beings.