This day I’m thankful for
birdsong from feathered friends
(persisting in choir practice
despite the drizzle),
trees budding in grey light,
and scents of something fresh and raw
rising from dark, soft soil.
I’m thankful for promise!
That the dark, the cold, the separation—
Each of us holed up, weathering out the weather—
These will not last forever.
Warmth will come.
Life will burst forth from the earth
Spring will shake a fist, defiant against
The dark and the cold,
And winter will be swept aside.
I am thankful—
Yet I am reminded, in this Holy Week,
That the promise is only for a time,
The jubilee of spring is temporary,
And indeed is not complete.
Temporary, for the dirge of winter will return;
the seasons will cycle: summer scorch, autumn shrivel, winter burial,
Newness fading to death again and again.
It is, as well, an incomplete jubilee, for even in the best of springs, there is
Blight and sickness, death of young and old,
Fresh emergence of old grudges, old divisions.
On the most beautiful of days, all is still not well.
But this holiest of weeks holds forth greater promise
Than a passing, unfulfilled season.
I am reminded that beyond Friday’s death,
Beyond the now,
There is an eternal Then.
Oh, blessed Sunday,
Day of Celebration
Day of Declaration
Day that assures us
That the eternal Then already has
Swallowed despair, and
Erased all divisions.
And someday, the eternal Then Himself will transform our hoped-for Then into Now!
When all will be right; all will be fully well.
Sunday life—all the time!
So at present we hold onto hope, we hold onto promise
That though we endure the wintry mix of Friday now,
Clinging to promise in the decay of the tomb,
Yet an eternal Sunday will spring,
The stone will be rolled away
And we will emerge into a new, abundant Now
That has no end.