Monday, December 28, 2015

Mary Letters - Day 30

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-- this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us-- we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:1-9 

Dear Aunt Elizabeth,

I wrote this little poem, for this experience of mine, it does not translate easily into prose. This life, that I barely understand seems to sing and dance and confound me at all times.

Surrounded by Light

In this darkened midnight moment
a light shines through and beyond
in this tiny little manger cradle
God's son nestles down beside us.

Fragile and tender yet full of life
surrounded and radiant with starlight
shadows are dispelled by moonlight
darkness is no more with him.

We are too fragile and inadequate
fully human frayed at the edges
our hearts are filled with his perfection
his love and his radiant light.

What has God given to us but love
made in flesh and bones like us
and yet more so filled with light
with possibility and promise.

In these moment I ponder the gift
a gift beyond measure and time
a life that will change all lives hereafter
as mine has been changed forever by him.

love always,



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