To contemplate the Christ child is an act of simplicity. It is a pause. A break. A breath. To contemplate the birth of this child, recognizing again that God cracked open the world through is simple birth, is an act of faith. His message was love. His life was compassion. His teaching was wisdom. Oh how complicated it all becomes during this week of Christmas. Traveling through busy airports and driving down crowded freeways and shopping for one more gift. Families are still torn apart by ambiguous feelings and relationships remain unresolved for yet another holiday. But today, a few days before Christmas, a day that leads us to Christmas, I invite you to Take a Breath. Contemplate the bare bones of the story of a mother and child and a birth. Simplicity but never simplistic.