Black Friday from The Telegraph, UK
Black Friday from The Telegraph, UK

Disaster Preparedness (A Poem For Advent)

How do we prepare
for the coming of the Messiah?
With Black Friday specials
and Cyber Monday deals?
With cookies to bake
and well wishes to send?
With endless “To-Do” lists
and visits to people
we really don’t want to spend time with
but do so out of obligation?

How do we prepare
for the coming of the Messiah?
With endless renditions of
White Christmas and Santa Baby?
With mountains of packages to wrap
and evergreens to decorate?
With people insisting on saying
“Merry Christmas” because
“Happy Holidays” is too secular?
And who cares if we offend
Muslims, Hindus, Pagans and Jews?
Our need to express ourselves
Is far more important
Than peace on earth
And goodwill toward all people.

How do we prepare
for the coming of the Messiah?
In the midst of the din and clatter
of what Christmas has become,
I hear the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.”

This voice lived a life of simplicity
and humility
of being washed clean
and walking a different path.
This voice offers us a crash course
in disaster preparedness
so we can protect ourselves
from the tsunami of consumerism
and the earthquake of stressful expectations
which surround us.

How do we prepare
for the coming of the Messiah?
Oh, that’s right, I almost forgot
It’s a journey inward
rather than a journey outward
It’s a time to be
rather than a time to do
It’s creating a space
in our weary hearts
and overcrowded lives
for the Christ Child to dwell
It’s a time of peaceful expectation
as we await for the Light to be reborn
in the darkness which surrounds us.

So be still, my friends,
take a deep breath
and know
that all
is well.

Copyright ©2016 by David Eck

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