God, we are two days out
from epiphany
and my view is backside of a camel,camel
the road is a blister-maker,
the night-sky is cloudy,
and I think I am
going to make a bad decision.

I know that being wise
involves avoiding the bullies,
in families, communities,
schoolyards, prison yards,
nursing homes, work places,
churches,
and across the globe,

because their reasons
to make decisions
have nothing to do with
the light-years of hope in a star
or the priority that dreams have
to protect children.

We are always two days out
from epiphany,
at a fork in the road —
Jerusalem or Bethlehem?

Help us find
the place to set down
the precious burden of our gifts.
amen.


Maren C. Tirabassi’s most recent book with Maria Mankin is A Child Laughs: Prayers of Justice and Hope and she blogs at http://giftsinopenands@wordpress.com/ She’s a United Church of Christ pastor and a writer.


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