Advent — December 11, 2017

(In A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is taken by the Ghost of Christmas Present to witness the unexpected happy Christmas of those he considers unfortunate)

God, show me cratchitt chrismases
all around me.
Show me people who choose joy,
even when I think
they should be miserable.

Sing me carols
in a home during hospice.

Let me watch the gift exchange
in a homeless shelter,
the Skype with a soldier deployed,
the thin bright tinsel-smiles
between parents
holding their babies in NICU,
the way a widow pats the arm
of a young man newly unemployed
at the Blue Christmas service,

the deep-as-santa laughter
in a memory care unit,
a drug rehab,
a California fire evacuation center.

God, you bless us, everyone.
Remind me how blest I am.
amen.

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4 Responses to Advent — December 11, 2017

  1. Stephen Price says:

    Shatter
    The ornament fragile heresy of my heart
    That believes you are most at home among
    The healthy wealthy and wise
    And let me hear the Magnificat
    Rise from the lips
    Of a trans teenager
    Volunteering at the Trevor Project.

    Thank you Maren, for once again reminding me that the Spirit blows where it wills; and that where it wills is often somewhere I wouldn’t go.

  2. Maren says:

    Thank you for this most amazing verse and the image of the shattered ornament.

  3. Nathaniel C. Emens says:

    This is a Message I will always remember.

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