• advent journal: bethlehem road

    by  • December 13, 2013 • advent journal, hope • 1 Comment

    the road between here and there
    is familiar; we’ve taken it so many times
    the car could drive itself, as they say —

    we’ve come this way so often
    I no longer think in the chapter
    and verse of exit signs . . .

    instead, I mark our progress
    by landmarks — mostly song, food,
    and fuel: what it takes to keep going

    some time this morning we passed
    halfway without much fanfare, except
    for Joni singing about cutting down trees —

    for now that’s as close as I can get
    to carols; i sing along and trust the road
    and the stars that call my heart

    like a homing beacon; I don’t feel much
    like a wise man, but I know this
    is the road between here and there

    paved with stories and sorrows,
    the climbing way we know all to well . . .
    oh, my — look at all the stars



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    One Response to advent journal: bethlehem road

    1. December 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      Remarkable. Joni is a good singer for Advent, I think. This road is getting too bumpy, too rocky. I’m walking and stumbling every now and then on sorrowful stories. Man, this is a long hike, but I have made it faster than I imagined. I wonder what is just around the bend?

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