Thursday, December 3, 2015

Keep it Simple

The Rev. Nancy E. Gossling


Sometimes there are no words, or perhaps only a few. “Silence is best when destruction and violence is all around you. Create something simple,” she suggested. So I did. I colored a mandala; I created a tree of outrage and grief, and then a tree of joy and hope. I made a slow-burning pot of lamb stew. I poured a glass of red wine. The victim and the victor; the mother and the child; the Advent prayer of hope; and the gospel response. A simple Word made flesh.


I
am
sad
fear
flows
raging
torrent
streams
turbulent
malevolent
unpredictable
masscarnages

I
am
joy
fully
aware
faithful
brimming
wondering
simmering
expectantly
waitingfornew
MysteriousPresence