Nancy Donovan took the picture below when it was 12℉, and the snow was falling. She is not a church-goer but she called her picture “Lilac resurrection.”
God, I give you thanks,
not so much for the Easter
coming in twenty-nine more days,
but the everyday easters
that look like …
home from the hospital after covid,
ninety meetings in ninety days,
a child’s first standing up–
nothing to hold on,
wobble, wobble, sit on puffy diaper,
successful March kidding
by an old goat mother,
maple sap dripping in a pail,
the sweet scrape of a bow
at a first violin lesson,
a college acceptance letter,
re-shaping grandma’s ring
for a new engagement,
the reconciliation of siblings,
the arrival of the new shelter dog,
after weeping at the earth-end
of the rainbow bridge.
God, I give you thanks
for the sometimes-inconvenient
moveable date of big-Easter,
and how it teaches me to recognize
all the others. amen.
Please feel free to name such easters for you in the comments.
Maren C. Tirabassi’s newest book is “Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems” and she blogs at http://firstname.lastname@example.org/ She’s a UCC, US, pastor and a writer and lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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