God, I am grateful,
not for the advice
of those who built houses on rock,
but for one floating board
of someone’s sand-disaster
I was able to grab,
anonymous at a meeting.
I am grateful,
not for the good soil garden
with rabbit-ground-hog-proof fence,
but the unexpected beauty
of tulip bulbs rising from
fall leaves, dog poop and thorns.
I am grateful, not just for samaritans,
but the ongoing grudging care
for the broken-toe folks
who missed the narrow gate the first time,
and older siblings stinking from the fields
who ask me to dance,
I am trying to be grateful for everyone I meet today,
even in the mirror. amen
Maren C. Tirabassi is a United Church of Christ (US) pastor, author of twenty-two books and workshop leader. Her new novel in the Rev and Rye Cozy Mystery series, “Death at Fair Havens” was released in April. She blogs at gifts in open hands at wordpress dot com.
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