advent journal: incarnation


I saw Joy dressed
as a postal worker
tenaciously attempting
to infect everyone in line

up against Impatience
in the form of a woman
still in her workout clothes
complete with jewelry

and then I stood behind Clumsy
or so she seemed — dressed
in faux fur and  fumbling
at the self-serve machine

I was set to be Frustration
until Joy stepped in, as did
Grace, his coworker, and
Clumsy became Competence

without any trace of star
or shepherds; no angel band —
and I stood in the parking lot
grateful to have been there



  1. Gratitude changes most everything. A close friend reminded me that Paul said, “Be grateful IN all things”, not FOR all things. Not great at gratitude, but trying. Thanks.

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