Advent, 2017 First Sunday in Advent, December 3, 2017

In this shortest of all Advents, three weeks only, old Dickens and his Christmas Carol seem to be calling me. Such a simple thing — a week learning from the Ghost of Christmas Past and a week with the Ghost of Christmas Present. Finally, what season with the edge of apocalyptic be without a week with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come?

God, for the true sweet blessings
of my Christmases past
I give deep thanks.

I release this season from the damage
of a history of holiday hurts,
angers, absences, and cynicisms,
and I blink away false memories
of some candlelit perfection —
a time when all the gingerbread
had two arms,
every toy was special
and snowflakes didn’t turn to sleet.

I embrace how sad I am
to miss people I have loved,
and I admit I am grateful
when people let me spend time
remembering and crying.

I claim the Bethlehem stories,
deepest Christmas past
as my daily advent companion,
with and in spite of –
grocery store carols, lists of lists,
and my hope to be gentle
with those around me
who are visited
by their own Christmas ghosts.

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6 Responses to Advent, 2017 First Sunday in Advent, December 3, 2017

  1. Rosalie Sugrue says:

    So touchingly true

  2. dabar96 says:

    Let it be so with me.

  3. Elsa Marshall says:

    Thank you Maren. Your Advent prayer will begin my devotional time all week. It expresses my “wantings” and “waitings” perfectly.

  4. Maren says:

    I am so glad for that Elsa. Blessings surround you.

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