Collect for the God of Presents

The Rev. Maren Tirabassi

19 December 2017

Collect for the God of Presents

God, who asks
‘do you want it gift-wrapped?’
and means a choice of sunset
or a purple nightime sky with stars,

thank you for all the presents,
the sweet ordinary things –
elbows, chocolate,
toothbrushes and running shoes,
people who come in the night
in the ambulance to help,
beagles in bed, old cranky prophets
who won’t let us forget justice.

Thank you as well
for helping us find hope
even in the things you did not give –
road rage, Parkinson’s disease,
the deporting of our neighbors,
death by suicide
of someone we love.

Tie us with the curling ribbon
tendril of your love,
when something in life tries to make scrooges of us
and we can’t hold ourselves
together alone..Amen.

©Maren Tirabassi