December 24: Are We Ready?

Are we sure we’re ready?
–The trees are up
–The gifts are bought
–The lights are liturgical

Are we sure we’re ready?
–The dates are marked
–The plans are made
–The food’s in the fridge

Are we sure we’re ready?
Ready to be different?
Ready to live another way?
Ready to change our thinking
not just for today, but the rest of our lives?

Are we sure we’re ready
to let a small, vulnerable child
remake us from the inside out?
Ready to let our priorities be rewritten?

Ready to take up hope beyond hope
when we’ve given up hope long ago?

Ready to be foolish instead of wise,
and stubbornly stay that way?

Ready to be a people of peace
in the face of conflict?

Are we sure we’re ready?

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