The Mad Rush to Stillness

majesty
majesty

she is there
in
HIS
light
on bended knee
hands clasped
eyes closed
face turned upward
she stills
feeling the power
this moment
brings
knowing
there are lists waiting
messages beeping
emails unopened
bills to pay
food to cook
she unlocks
the door
of
HIS grace
breathes in
HIS
love
acceptance
energy
forgiveness
light
and
falls
gently
into
the palm
of
her
faith…
Emmanuel,
God
is
with her…
the music begins
the tears flow
and her body
is swallowed up
within
these words…

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“She lit a candle in a downtown cathedral
Quietly confessing, counting on a blessing
She looked as if she had nowhere to go
I could see her weeping
Hands together hoping you would hear…

This is the time of year
We hold our families near
But God let us be a friend to the hurting

Oh Emmanuel, God with us
Spirit revealed in us
That we may be your hope to the world
Oh Emmanuel, God with us
With a light to break the darkness
That we may show your hope to the world
Emmanuel, God with us
Be God in us

I moved in closer just so I could see her face
Maybe she was a mother
Someone’s only daughter
Her silver hair shimmered like the snow
Christmas bells were ringing
Now beside her kneeling I asked her name

(And she said)
This was the time of year
I had my family near
But they’ve all gone and I have been so lonely

So with my family that Christmas day
A girl of sixty years would laugh and play
And as we watched her dance our eyes were full of tears…”

hands
hands

memories
overwhelm her
she is in a small chapel
her mother
holding her hand
candles are lit
and tonight
is Christmas Eve
1986
her son
Nicholas
safely tucked
within the nursery
as
silent night begins-
together they sing
weep
and
drink
in the beauty
of Christ’s birth
neither one
knowing
that
this would be
their last
as mother and daughter..

this
is
that
time
of
year

to hold my loved ones near
cherishing them
and opening my heart
to
all
who
need
me
by
silencing
the technology
and welcoming
in
wholly
the
gift
of
God’s
son
Jesus…

Merry Christmas to you all