If you have nothing, gather back your sigh,

And with your hands held high, your heart held high,

Lift up your emptiness!

From “If You Have Nothing”  by Jessica Powers


This poem was part of my morning reading today and it felt right, it felt like Advent. We are preparing to make room, to lift up our emptiness, to be filled again with promise and hope. It is difficult in these days of seemingly nonstop bad news, to feel like we have anything to offer.

We offer what we can. We offer deep sighs, and hands and hearts held high, in expectation of a better day, a better world. We work for it but we also offer our emptiness.

May God fill us with love and strength.