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Caravaggio (Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness)

Merry Christmas, John!

Merry Christmas, John!

written by: Paula Puolakka

 

There wouldn’t be a celebration called Christmas
if John the Baptist would have refused to baptize Jesus,
would have refused to unlock the connection between
the Heavenly Father and the carpenter’s son,
and if John would have denied the old prophecy,
declaring himself as the leader of the masses.
Without the modest nature of John the Baptist,
there wouldn’t be the stories of the New Testament to read:
without John’s humility, a boy named Jesus and his birth
wouldn’t have become the core of the sequel of the book
of the chosen people of Hashem.
For us, the stories of Jesus and his birth are the basis of Christmas,
which is the festival of love.
In the name of this love,
when you’re preparing your Christmas meal,
placing the gifts under the Christmas tree,
and talking to the Heavenly Father,
please, remember to pray for John.

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka (born August 18, 1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) In 2019, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski. Puolakka has landed first and second in the writing contests and challenges held by, for example, Bowens Chapel (USA), Niilo Mäki Institute (Finland), Poetry Potion (South Africa), Literative (USA), Single Parents' Association (Finland), and Re:fiction (Israel). She has also been given honorable mentions and anthology slots by Tiny Spoon, Woody Guthrie Poets (USA), Cathal Bui Festival (Ireland), AQB (UK), etc. In Dec 2020, the PhDs of Tampere University gave her appreciation: her academic article - celebrating her Master's thesis of 2012 and the academic legacy of Mr. Kaczynski and Mr. Wittgenstein - was published by the science & university magazine Hybris. In 2021, her realistic fantasy story "Kuitti" (Varjorikko 1/2020) is a nominee for the Atorox Award.
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