Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GRIEF and SADNESS at Holidays

Thanksgiving (and other Holidays) are not so easy.

Old wounds buried deep still hurt.
Seats are empty
because of death,
or divorce,
or divisive words.
Our old disagreements still linger.

Try as we do
mistakes will be made
words will be said
turkeys will be dry
hurt will be felt
tears will fall.

at this holiday season
give us an extra measure of grace
a little more patience,
a deep breath to calm us,
a minute more to hold our tongue,
a listening heart that seeks compassion,
a shoulder to cry on,
a loving embrace...

And if it's not asking too much, Lord,
give us a precious memory
to hold
to remember
to celebrate
that will illicit from our lips
a whispered, heartfelt,
"Thank you."

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