Friday, December 18, 2009

Third Friday of Advent

Please read Luke 2:46-55

stuck in the middle
of the paper this morning,
the slicks announce
another black friday sale
(the third this shopping
season, i think, but
who knows),
while the front page tells
of a single father searching
for coats to protect his kids
from poverty's chill;

the tour buses are packed
taking folks from the visitor's
center right up to the very
of that grand canyon
which pushes the have-a-lots
and the have-nots
further and further
from one another;

more children die each day
from starvation
than from any act of
but we continue to gorge
ourselves at fear's table,
piling more and more
security on our plates;

so come,
Mary's Son,
using your mother's song
to transform our lives,
as surely as it did yours.

(c) 2009 Thom M. Shuman

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