A reflection on Put Away the Tinsel by Ann Weems
First of all, do I really like tinsel?
What exactly is it for?
Yes, it's an added decoration to the Christmas tree.
What is its purpose?
Is it thrown on
in big clumps
hiding other decorations
Or is it placed carefully
strand by strand
to add sparkle and reflect light
There is tinsel all over my life,
its purpose uncertain.
If I'm honest, much of it has been
thrown on, flung wildly
creating a screen to draw the eye away
as I run
from those parts of me
I want to keep
Yet another side of me longs
to be the conduit
for the Designer
listening for the angels' voices
placing the shiny bits
so to open transparent windows into my soul
and let the light of Christ pass through.
Dawn M. Switzer
March 2-3, 2022