Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam: December 9, 2019


I know that I have life

only insofar as I have love.


I have no love

except it come from Thee.


Help me, lease, to carry

this candle against the wind.


 –Steve Shoemaker



My former seminary professor sent this poem to me. He said that he was thinking of me “a lot” this week for some reason and wanted to reach out. It could not have been timelier. It’s been a tough few days.

My emotions run rampant, lots of board business and directional planning for the new year, the business of the season, the anniversary of my dad’s death at Christmas, and now so many pastoral care issues and concerns, including losing one of our oldest, and dearest parishioners. Someone who has become a friend, as well as a member. Yes, I need help in this wind for my candle is willowing down.

Another dear friend spoke this week of the ‘hurry-hurry’ of our lives. Then, one is confronted by our innate, and inherited mortality and all seems so different, so lost, so not as important?

In another poem, The Hollow Men, T. S. Eliot writes, “Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow.”

Although the star of hope shone brightly over that manger in Bethlehem that cold December night so long ago, perhaps it also cast a long shadow, one that we humans live amidst our own limitations, imperfections, and yes, our mortality. But in spite of human foibles and failures, we should cling to the hope that human goodwill, love within struggle, together bound together with God’s merciful love, will bring us safely to our final destiny –- new life with God our Father in heaven.

I pray it so for my dad, and for my dear friend, Ed. I pray it so for so many others. I pray it so for you and me when our time comes, too.

Are we lost in Advent, or is Advent simply lost on us?


One Response to “Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam: December 9, 2019”

  1. Beth Mabry says:

    Ed passed? Is there an obituary? So sad! I just saw him 2 Sundays ago!

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