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December 13, 2007



blessed snow,
comes out of the sky
like bleached flies.
The ground is no longer naked.
The ground has on its clothes.
The trees poke out of sheets
and each branch wears the sock of God.

There is hope.
There is hope everywhere.
I bite it.
Someone once said:
Don’t bite till you know
if it’s bread or stone.
What I bit is all bread,
rising, yeasty as a cloud.

There is hope.
There is hope everywhere.
Today God gives milk
and I have the pail.

-Anne Sexton

Continuing with the theme of fractal images in nature.  Preparing to preach on Sunday.  The Old Testament reading is from Isaiah 35.  The prophetic word is pregnant with images of life and rebirth in the most unlikely places.  The wilderness.  The weak.  The blind.  The lame.  The single, teenage girl, too young for sex.

The gestation of this sermon has taken place in the midst of fractal days of traveling to Kansas for a funeral, the inconvenience of sickness, the intrusion of car maintenance…

The days of waiting, patiently enduring, remind us that our full liberation is yet to come.  There is hope, even in this place.  We wait for the crocus to pop its head up through the dry desert soil.  In the poem by Anne Sexton, snow is the unexpected blessing bringing hope.  The bread of today. 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2007 4:49 pm

    you think better of snow than i do. it just makes me wonder why i still live in

  2. just an apprentice permalink
    December 13, 2007 4:58 pm

    talk to me in late February or March and you might hear a different spin.

  3. December 14, 2007 11:28 pm

    One reason why I choose and came to Chicago is for its winter. It’s my childhhod dream growing up in the tropical country, the Philippines to experience winter. I got what I wanted when I moved here.

    You wrote an enlightening words about the snow. People look at things in many different angles, in many different ways. Yours is very positive and uplifting.

    Please click link below for my personal view of the snow:

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

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