Keeping it light — welcome to the sunrise service!

We wish we could invite you to for breakfast, but we don’t.
We wish we could pass the peace, but we can’t.
We wish we could sing, but we won’t,
We wish we just could see each other’s lips moving

… not this year.  But, as they say,“if wishes were horses,
Jesus still would have come to Jerusalem on a donkey.”

Out here there are no lilies, sneezably beautiful as they are,
no bunnies or eggs or butterflies,
not even peeps or really good, really dark, chocolate.
Only a graveyard where a woman came
to find a corpse,
and couldn’t tell the difference
between her teacher and a gardener,

and we realize, on so many levels,
there isn’t any.

Rakiura — Stewart Island, Aotearoa / New Zealand, Photo credit Jo Riksen
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9 Responses to Keeping it light — welcome to the sunrise service!

  1. Deane says:

    I absolutely love this, Maren – you touched on everything, the losses to the sublime! I don’t think I had ever heard ‘if wishes were horses,’ though.

    Happy Blessed Easter! ✝️

  2. This is so poignant, uplifting, and lovely. Thank you, Maren.

  3. Thanks Maren. Wishing you a truly Blessed Easter Day.

  4. Maren says:

    And to you as well!!!

  5. This poem reminds me of something I’ve been thinking today–it may liturgically be Easter, but in many ways we are still in a season of spiritual Lent.

    • Maren says:

      That is certainly true, though honestly we are a people who love to put hard edges on things, trying to pretend that we can make a time-table for the holy and the unholy. “OK now this is over — now we have Easter, because we deserve it, now the pandemic is over because we have had enough.

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