December 23 — O antiphon … O Tannenbaum

Isaiah 41:19-25 I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.

O Tannenbaum,
holy one,
a bit of all the old faiths,
hung with memories
of our children’s childhoods,
or the popcorn,
glitter pine cones, and paper chains
of just gathered families
beginning new traditions.

Tree for the birds, Madbury Church

Tree for the birds, Madbury Church

Evergreen, because
God made it or Target made it,
and it’s in the memory loss unit
where someone remembers
to be lonely,
or the airport
where a family waits
to fly to a funeral,
or the White House where
no matter
what is said or done,
criticisms are hung up
as freely as tinsel.

O Charlie Brown tree,
sad tree –
already out on the sidewalk,
never picked from the lot,
left in the box in the attic
or still in the stand in March.

O Nutcracker, magic-growing tree,
happy tree —
tree of the branches
of all the people on earth,
shoot of Jesse tree,
tree — planted by the streams of water,
tree of the field – clapping hands.

Tree of the blended family,
of the Children’s Home,
of the closed mall,
of some very excited children
that I know so well …

and tree that’s going to fall in a forest
and no one hear it –
that Christmas tree that you know
because you know them all

because you know us all –
how lovely are the branches.

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2 Responses to December 23 — O antiphon … O Tannenbaum

  1. Elaine Bolitho says:

    Dear Maren,

    Thank you for all the wonderful offerings you have shared this year – sharing blessings from around the world. May your Christmas be enriched with responding blessings re-echoing around the world and back to you.

    Love, grace and peace,

    Elaine E Bolitho


    Council of Wellington Churches

  2. Maren says:

    Thank you so much, Elaine.

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