Written by the Rev. Maren Tirabassi:
(This photograph shows what my friend Nancy Donovan has created for a feral cat who has been coming to her porch for food and a safe place to sleep for a couple years. This cat cannot bear being indoors with the other cats or near a human. Nancy writes, “Every year I make her a winter house. I think this is the best yet. Wool blankets or old sweaters are the best insulation.”)
God, help me to give, not what I think is the best for others, but what they want. May I accept the “sleeping rough” expressed in different ways of those dear to me, and just make it a little softer, Give me the imagination to reboot an old cooler into a safe and warm place, giving from respect rather than my desire to be seen as generous, not needing to understand everything, give advice, or even Kondo the sock-drawer in someone else’s life. Give me the imagination to reboot an old cooler into a safe and warm place, and yet the wisdom to know another lost one battered by the winds of these times, needs to come inside and sit by my fire. amen.
Maren C. Tirabassi’s newest, indeed brand new, book is “Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems” and she blogs at http://email@example.com/ She’s a UCC, US, pastor and a writer and lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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