Christmas may be over for another year; food supplies begin to deplete along with our flagging energy and enthusiasm.
Yet hope, love and grace are evergreen ~ lingering eternally in our hearts even through the darkest days.
We may clear away the debris of celebrations but we hang on to memories we have made.
Think of Love come down to earth and how that impacts the everyday with awe and wonder.
Admire our gifts and consider the greatest Gift ever given to us ~ our Lord Jesus Christ.
And we may ponder the worth and value of the gifts we have been given by God over the last year and beyond.
For a gift may come wrapped in sadness and sorrow, problems and pain, suffering and shame.
It can take some searching to see the light shining through the darkness.
Appreciate grace glimmers in hard places.
Such a gift came to me and it took me many years to receive, unwrap and appreciate its worth.
It can be really hard
how weakness and fragility
that render lives
dependent, still and slow
may be gifts
from God’s right hand
that He, in infinite mystery
has chosen to bestow
And yet there lingers
surprising nuggets of His grace
glinting bright in dark
circumstance and place
we deem rightly painful, sad;
though from His loving fingers
we can trace joy and hope
rising through all that seems
heavy weighted-down and bad
For those who cling
desperate closer toThe Vine
can find strength beyond measure
as they seek to bring
their lives as daily offering
found in their struggle,
pain and suffering, it can
yield unexpected treasure
of hidden depths to mine
“I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” ~ Isaiah 45:3
This poem links with the theme of the blog post ‘When a gift doesn’t look like one’ that I wrote as a guest post on my writer friend James Prescott’s site. You can click here to read it.