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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Reasons to be Thankful - and some light relief.

The usual problem surfaces: where to
begin? The reasons for and why
pile up like snowflakes in a drift
to bury all that points the other way,
the negatives we could not bury, even now, without the snow.
(Angels come in many guises,
some too chilly for belief.)

For all it seems like winter's wonderland,
we take it to our hearts, discovering
that, snow or not, we have eternal spring.

The wonder of it is we ever thought
the cold more influential than the love,
our lives more blessed or blighted by thrown dice -
God's or the Devil's, for it made no matter which.

It's people with their whims and vagaries
for whom we most rejoice, for whom we first give thanks.
For them and for the fact that we have life
and by their agency have life in full -
an inner life that makes love paramount.

Sometimes we carve a brightness from the fog -
or someone carves it for us -
and in its light give thanks. The light,
high brightness of an Earth that lives (at least
for now) and faith that gives
this Earth the benefit
that it can find the way that we have lost.

This poem a response to The Gooseberry Garden's challenge to write about Things I am thankful for in my life.



Church Signs heard on local radio.

Keep taking my name in vain
and I'll make rush hour longer.
God.


Honk if you love Jesus,
text and drive if you want to meet him.


Church Parking only.
Trespassers will be baptized.


How do we get Holy Water?
We boil the hell out of it.

19 comments:

Kay said...

"faith that gives this Earth the benefit that it can find the way that we have lost" Lovely!

meethimirchi said...

beautiful and and powerful words :)

jane.healy said...

love your words here Dave.

sunny said...

lovely post

Becky Sain said...

I loved reading this! It has started my morning off in a great perspective -- thank you for this.

kaykuala said...

Dave,
Faith keeps one at ease and facing it head on is the answer!

Hank

anthonynorth said...

An excellent read followed by some great fun ... omg ...

Morning said...

beautiful job.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Morning said...

beautiful job.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Helen said...

Lovely sentiment ... I'm thankful we have you to read.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love the poem Dave and the signs made me laugh.

Windsmoke. said...

Bonza poem and church signs i especially the last one :-).

Gerry/Strummed words said...

Beautiful - things to be thankful for.

Cait O'Connor said...

'Sometimes we carve a brightness from the fog -
or someone carves it for us -
and in its light give thanks.'

I love this poem Dave, it is really deep, not just a list of the usual things to be thankful for.

Mary said...

Yes, it is the people in our lives to be thankful for! Without others, there is little of importance.

Cloudia said...

thank you for this meditation!



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haricot said...

I felt something pureness in my mind. Thank you.

Dave King said...

Kay
Welcome. Thank you for commenting. Good to have you doing so.

meethimirchi
Hi, a warm welcome to you. Thank you for your response.

jane.healy
Thank you so much for your comment.

sunny
As always, many thanks.

Becky
Hi! Welcome to you. Your thoughts are much appreciated. Thank you for them.

kaykuala
For me, faith is something from inside. Good to have your thoughts.

anthonynorth
Many thanks forthose reflections.

Morning
Hi thenks for the comment and the good wishes. Hope you have a blissful week.

Helen
What a lovely thing to say! Thank you so much for it.

The Weaver of Grass
Thanks. I, too, was much amused by the signs.

Windsmoke
I did too - and the first.

Gerry
Thanks a lot for this response.

Cait
I did particularly sey out to avoid the list approach. You're bound to end up missing somethings out!
Your thoughts are very much appreciated. Thank you.

Mary
Agreed. I fel that very strongly.

Cloudia
And thank you for your response.

haricot
Wonderful! Thank you so much.

Nicholas V. said...

Beautiful thoughts, well written!