My friend Nancy died last night after a long fight with cancer. This is for you, Nance.
A blue jay came to sit on my window sill
as my friend was dying.
Do birds take our spirits to heaven?
And as I ponder this
cardinals everywhere —
five of them dashing, splashing, in and out of the birdbath and the cherry tree.
The birds are full of life and chatter
though the cherries are long past.
Even leaves are gone,
fallen to the cold earth.
A gray rain falls — the first day of winter —
the whole world is crying silently dying,
I shake my fist at God.
I think of bright spirits and laughter and sunlight and time.
For my friend
and when it comes upon us all, there is never enough time.
is all we had
and the future becomes the present unknown and unknowable
to us who are left with tears.
Lord, be merciful to my friend
who is journeying on a cardinal’s wing
a flash of red through a gray sky.
Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. — Matthew 10: 29-31
For the rest of Advent and Christmas I will be finishing up my gratitude project for the past year. It was never intended to be anything but for me to document my gratitude and blessings, and help me be intentional about living a joy-filled life for the year. It worked! And if I can encourage anyone else to do something like this, with my December “gratitudes”, then Amen!
What follows are photos from the year with Advent scriptures for reading, studying, or just enjoying. Each photo is captioned with the full scripture — the Advent scriptures from the website handmaden. (Thanks Lauren!) I’m not a photographer, but my IPhone camera has given me much joy this year as well…
I will be updating every day through December instead of writing regular blogposts. Merry Christmas everyone. Peace and blessings to you all.
Plain, Mundane, and Common
Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-20
Blessings on your House