Thursday, March 3, 2022

morning, Ash Wednesday

 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

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