Across the Table

Across the table

sits my son of 18 years

noting ukulele chords to play in 45 minutes for church.

 

Last minute?

yes, or of the minute

the right time

now.

 

He has known for 2 weeks that he is to play today

the offertory

an offering

leading us to the manger this day on the cusp of Christmas.

 

We wait

across tables and miles

sounds and strings

hearts and heartbeats

knowing for sometime now

that it is our time to offer

 

a way toward the Sacred.

Now is the moment

now.

 

So, throw off the guilt

the shoulds the obligation

and cloak yourself in

chords

mochas

Mother’s smiles.

 

Go

play

listen

sing

strum

hum

smile

drink

and find the Holy One

snuggled against the Mother’s warm breast

beating heart

lifegiving milk

ready to change the world.

 

~Amy S Gall Ritchie, use with permission only

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