Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pondering the creche

In this season, when there's
so much to be grateful for,
how do we also honor our disappointments?
The job, promotion, or raise we didn't get,
the contest we didn't win,
the marriage that didn't last,
the child that didn't live,
the persistent wounds
that never seem to heal...
We sit here,
up to our necks in gifts and sorrows
and ponder
those timeless figures in the creche --
what do they have to teach us
about holding in our hearts
both joy and sadness?

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