Joy Yet Abides...
Despite infirmity and the advancement of years,
There is still joy in moonlight over ancient stones
Joy in a rosy sunrise that marks yet again our
Progress, as the earth follows God’s ancient path…
No more dancing. No more driving. No more travels or vacations…
Doctor’s visits and our family gatherings on Sunday, define
our social life. Then family talks eagerly of harvests, football,
and a bloodhound named Cletus, while two seats remain empty.
Life’s everyday concerns make demands, while practical solutions
come and go. Lightning strikes the well. New hearing devices reveal the ticking
of a clock and a kitten’s soft purr, unheard before.
A needed new roof is a gift from a loving son.
Despite the loss of a firstborn son, there is joy in remembering
his bright blue eyes, the wonder of his smile, and knowing that he loved,
and was loved every day that he lived. Though we miss him, and weep,
we all hold in our hearts the joy he brought to us....
Whatever our hopes, whatever our dreams
The earth spins on, and once again brings light from darkness
Peace, fulfillment, and joy, from chaos, and
hope to each and every blessed soul…
--- Arline Chase
Winter Solstice, 2016