We awakened this Christmas morning to find that waist high snow banks and pastures had vanished with the night’s Spring-like temperatures and heavy rain. The children are all home and under our roof again, and although we are ever conscious of the larger world and all that remains perilous and uncertain in the new year ahead, it’s been joyous to be together.
For a brief time, here in the middle of nowhere, we are content to make of the most of this holiday week, each moment feeling like “a downpour of gifts”.
Hold Out Your Hand by Julia Fehrenbacher
Let’s forget the world for a while
fall back and back
into the hush and holy
are you listening? This breath
to write the first word
of your new story
your new story begins with this:
you are needed—empty
willing to say yes
and yes and yes
Do you see
the sun shines, day after day
whether you have faith
the sparrows continue
to sing their song
even when you forget to sing
stop asking: Am I good enough?
Am I showing up
Life is not a straight line
it’s a downpour of gifts, please—
hold out your hand
2 thoughts on “Poetry Friday:Hold Out Your Hand by Julia Fehrenbacher”
Ahh…that last stanza! Great reminder!
This is a lovely “command”, Tara. Wishing that everyone could listen to “Do you see
the sun shines. . .” I loved seeing your pictures of your Christmas with your family! Wishing you a pleasant week getting ready for a great 2021!