Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Untitled Advent Poem

The prophets have set the stage
over and over.
They were listening.
They tried to prepare us.

Mary & Joseph are trudging
over hill and dale.
90 miles is not an easy walk
and one of them is pregnant,
very pregnant.

The shepherds have no idea that they
will soon be illuminated - 
in the night
and in their hearts.

The magi are always seeking,
yet not yet following The star
that leads to The One!

Where do I fit into this story?
This story that was first told ages ago

and yet is told again and again each Advent 
as the Church starts a new year
This story that still has a place for me.

Am I listening?
Am I journeying?

Shall I allow the Light in?
Will I seek The One?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Happy St. Nicholas Day

At 91 my grandmother needed assistance with her shopping, but when it came to purchasing Hallmark cards for everyone all she needed was a ride to the store. On this particular outing we passed Santa in the mall. "I've never had my picture taken with Santa" she happens to mention. Well, I couldn't let that go! She has been gone for nearly eight years now. Stopping to take this picture is something I am so thankful for (and she'll never know that I have cropped myself out as she couldn't possibly sit on Santa's lap without me - ha!)

Happy St. Nicholas Day everyone!