Advent Gifts

Jan Richardson

Jan Richardson

Light a candle in the dark
Not simply that you may see
But that another without any light
Might recall the promise of the night
Old as the bud upon a winter tree
God’s promise of the sunrise
That yet comes at the dawn

Sing a song into the silence
Not simply that you may hope
But one that stirs another to hear
Beyond the stillness the primal pulse
Soft as the heartbeat of a newborn
God’s pulse within all creation
That yet brings life to death

Tie a wreath upon the door
Not simply that you may know
But that the world may also cheer
The evergreen upon your threshold
Bold as lamb’s blood on the lintel
God’s provision for a Passover
That yet offers another grace

“Long ago you laid the foundation
          of the earth,
    and the heavens are the work
          of your hands.
 They will perish, but you endure;
    they will all wear out
          like a garment.
 You change them like clothing,
          and they pass away;
       but you are the same
          and your years have no end.
 The children of your servants
          shall live secure;
       their offspring shall be
          established in your presence.”~ Psalm 102:25-28


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Advent Gifts

  1. acting with generous purpose

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  2. great love to you this Christmas. Good advice

    Liked by 1 person

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