Advent — December 7, 2017

(In A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is taken by the Ghost of Christmas Past to remember choosing business success over love and family)

God, if I am visited by
the Ghost of Christmas (Priorities) Past,
I will have some sad moments.

I see myself baking cookies at night,
because doing it with kids
takes so much time,
also picking a tree, making ornaments.

I see myself not playing dreidel,
not reading that silly Christmas mystery,
not walking in the snow
with my dearest love …
cutting my Christmas card list
by those who did not write last year,
without wondering
what happened in their lives.

I have made good choices
at this season of the year and others —
I have not always chosen money,
work, the expectations of others or my own,
over things that truly matter,

but such a Spirit’s visit to the heart
is not about rattling chains of my mistakes,
but about coming to this time
alert, aware,
open to small, sweet, transitory joys,
while I can still say, “I have not missed it.”

“The Spirit of Christmas Past,” scanned from Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas. Il. Sol Eytinge, Jr. Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1868. The illustration, based on a wood engraving by Solomon Eytinge, Jr. (1833-1905),

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One Response to Advent — December 7, 2017

  1. Heart warming! Thank you Maren!

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