Sunday, December 02, 2012

First Sunday of Advent

(read Malachi 3:1-4)

just when

we expect you to
with anger steaming out
of your ears,
you come,

    to sit next to us,
          listening to our deepest

we figure you will show up
to toss us in
the nearest
you come,

          to sweep up
                       the ashes
            of every broken
       refining them
               into the chalice
                     of wonder;

we are certain you are hiding
in the shadows,
ready to leap out
and scare us into
you come,

          to swaddle us
          in garlands of grace,
                  twinkling off and on
    in pure joy.

© 2012 Thom M. Shuman

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