O antiphon for our fears

Wednesday, December, 2, 2015 … 1293122737

O Emmanuel, hailed by clueless Gabriel,
who thinks we can
shake off being afraid,

Come to us in our fear.

We fear the past and the future.
We fear those who are unlike us
in any way,
and we fear family members
who should not hurt us but do.

We fear chemo and COPD,
and any kind of mental illness diagnosis.

We fear heroin.

We fear small spaces and high ones,
food and poverty and bullies,
dirt and death,
dangerous work places, joblessness,
and being asked to play.

We fear forgetting people,
being forgotten,
not being able to retrieve a name.

We fear labor and delivery
and the impossible responsibility
of being a parent.

We fear naming autism,
claiming a gender identity,
or a recovery or a religious faith,
not to speak of falling in love,
being late,
or enjoying solitude.

We fear for our children,
and for our parents.

We fear terrorism, injustice, war,
and global warming,
guns in the hands of those who are unstable,
and guns in the hands of police,
and we correctly fear angels who invite us
to choose to make a difference.

Come to us in all our fears,
so they do not define us. Amen

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10 Responses to O antiphon for our fears

  1. Stephen Price says:

    I love this Maren. Thank you

  2. rezrevres says:

    Well put, right to the point, and unfortunately all too true.

  3. Pingback: Poetry Corner | Talk with the Preacher

    • Maren says:

      Thanks so much for the pingback. Much appreciated. Please note my name is Maren. (Norwegian not county in California) Just in terms of folks finding me! Blessings on your day, Maren

  4. Thank you, Maren. As I prepare for bed after a long day, I think of those middle of the night fears that sometimes wake us…O Emmanuel, you are with us. God bless you, Maren. Celeste

  5. Maren says:

    I do suffer from those fears often as well, Celeste. Blessings on your sleep.

  6. Birney Kellogg says:

    Traditionally this 2nd Sunday of Advent calls us to “Joy”. Being “Joy” filled is challenged by the legion of fears that claim our attention – if not our hearts. This poem is a gift that helps us name some of our fears. Thank you.

  7. Bert Morris says:

    Thank you for sharing Maren. Your poem is very timely considering we are in Advent and with all the tragedies taking place.

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