Ad Vent

my friend Karen Fendick took this picture

The glossy pages
proclaim paltry purchases
as life savers
for my overrun soul.
They bellow, beckoning,
“buy me! buy me!”

I cannot partake
of one more iota of input–
how can quiet paper
carry so much loud weight
and end up selling me 
nothing 

that will fill my weary,
worn and wanting soul?

A war of words promises joy and happiness
are but a wallet-full away;
I’d have a temporary ticket
to here-on-earth happiness 
but I’d be penniless and
empty still.
There are bare bodies
bearing needless gifts,
overbearing bling shimmers an

iridescent faux shine. 

There is no real light
but that in the Stable
under the Star–
far, far from here–
heralding his coming
harking me home to hear,
“Stay here–away,
waiting, listening, watching
for my coming in the
daily, dull, down-to-earth.
Look no further,
leave the getting,
I’m the only Gift you’ll ever need.”

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This is a repost from last December.  The words still ring true.

7 thoughts on “Ad Vent

  1. Jody, your creative use of words adds great power to your message. And this part–“Stay here–away,
    waiting, listening, watching for my coming in the daily, dull, down-to-earth”–includes great challenge. Yet meeting that challenge will result in great reward: the unspeakable joy of Emmanuel–God with us! Thank you, friend, for another spirt-moving piece.

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  2. “I cannot partake
    of one more iota of input–
    how can quiet paper
    carry so much loud weight”
    This is where I found myself by December 3rd – just done, too many words, even the good ones. We're working hard to slow down this season, but it's certainly like swimming upstream!

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