It is a new Christmas morn,
The day Baby Christ was born.
We honor His Holy birth,
We brought with him so much worth.
Sprinkling our lives with love,
Descending down like a dove.
As we chart unknown water,
We are reshaped by the Potter.
Like clay, He forms us anew.
To darkness, we say adieu!
December 25, 2021
It is that season,
When we must reason.
We look at life straight,
All things, we must rate.
Dividends show up,
Hard work fills that cup.
God’s mercy appears,
Now, fewer arrears.
Blessed beyond belief.
What a big relief!
December 18, 2021
Once we slow down and come to our senses, we can pull back our proverbial curtains. We look around and down at our feet and we may notice that it is already done. We used to sing that at one of our worship services in Atlanta. “It’s already done!”
Everything we really need is right there at our fingertips. As one friend used to remind me, “You are prepared!” Yet, somewhere in the midst of our fast movements through life, we forget that we had the wherewithal and subconscious presence of mind to continually prepare.
We did our homework even though we did not know exactly when this information would be needed for some future feat. However, we worked diligently and filed our work away in a safe place. And when the need arises, we can flip our rolodex and look through our files.
“Viola!” There it is. Just what we need! It has been sitting there quietly, waiting. If it could speak, it would say, “I was wondering when it would be my turn to help you advance your journey.” After having that oh yeah moment, we pull out our trusty, gathered information remembering that the legwork has already been done.
Now, it’s simply time to dig in and get busy. Quite like a sponge, we can soak up our handiwork and we give thanks for the golden fruits of our labor. We can now ease on down the road with all that we need in our hands!
December 11, 2021
Life is an adventure! It is comparable to snuggling up with a good book as we enjoy the journey of a special, fictional character. As in real life, there will be battles to fight, dragons to slay and challenges to overcome as we put one brave foot in front of the next one.
Good books take us on long adventures as we hold our breaths while our heroes and heroines fight the good fight. We pack our bags and take the plunge with them. We see Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Billy Bones in Treasure Island, Gulliver in Gulliver’s Travels or Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Each one works to overcome individual fears and make it home again.
As we journey through life, we also cross over into uncharted territories. We may see scary creatures pop out of doors as in haunted houses in an attempt to stop us in our tracks; but we vow to keep it moving. Whether we are battling addiction, toxic relationships, joblessness, homelessness or harsh criticism, we can stay on the road and push through to the finish line. Quite like the characters in the classics, we too have a beginning, a middle and an end.
The good thing is that we have silent angels and helpers standing guard and keeping a high watch as we move through the invisible locks. They are hovered above offering us that divine protection. And when we are tired, we become like the weary travelers who tell the tales. We simply need time to rest, regroup and rejuvenate and tally our data.
We can take those great memories and impart what we have learned along the way! We have a lot to share with others in the forms of storytelling, writing, teaching or in photography. We are happy to say that we have lived!
As the French grandmother advised in the movie, An Affair to Remember, “Make your memories while you are young. Reflect when you are old.” With that advice in mind, we give thanks for the opportunity to have experienced such great adventures!
December 4, 2021