Our Lenten season continues.
Daily rituals of sacrifice and penance are observed
as we struggle with the mysteries of life.
This life filled with –
well, with those things life is filled with –
things that we love and suffer-
faces of loved ones, song, sun and moon,
food and warmth, the aching of need
We hold fast to breath
and heartbeat, far past the time our legs
and body have become undone.
I repent of all the sins I have committed
Just as each child is guilty and must be forgiven,
I also forgive her
for all those common sins that mothers commit
against their children
out of habit
We both repent
and with ashes marked on our foreheads
continue on with her morning ablutions
and daily baptism of water
I am so happy to introduce Theodore Valentine Everett – Theo for short. He is about 18 months old, wire hair dachshund terrier mix and the sweetest thing.
After watching the Westminster Dog Show last week, Bob and I dropped by the local Humane Society. I had looked on their website and told Bob that I thought I had seen our new dog. But I warned him, if he wasn’t there and had already been given to a family, we wouldn’t look at any of the other dogs – we would just go home.
Well, he was there and as soon as I saw his precious face, it was love at first sight! He is just the calmest, most laid back pup – a real cuddler too.
It is so nice to have a little dog in the house again – its been almost two years -and that is too long.
So he is ours and we are his and we are all thrilled!
I remind myself to pay attention
Should the stones choose to shout out
Or the mountains bow down.
Just in case a triad of angels
Drop by the house for a visit
I keep the sacrament of hospitality prepared.
My eyes are open
Should I need to clothe the naked
Or feed the hungry
Or maybe have occasion to do justice
Or show mercy.
Shaking myself to stay awake,
I have my eyes peeled
For the bridegroom.
To keep alert
Ready to hear that whisper
Loud as a thunderclap
*** This a poem for Advent written last year. But as I am preparing for the holidays again, it reminds me to keep prepared in other ways. Things I should be prepared to do each and every day – feed the hungry, clothe the naked, be just, merciful, hospitable. Should you be so inclined, these are the Biblical references: Luke 19:40, Habakkuk 3:6, Hebrews 13:2, Micah 6:8, Isaiah 58:7, Matthew 25, Psalm 46:10