Advent 2023 by Florence Niven

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beyond anxiety
beyond isolation
beyond age-old conflict
that seems beyond resolution

Hope resides

Hope lives in the quiet spaces

of wish-filled longing
and fervent prayer

between imagination and possibility

Hope resides,
because a Child was born

 

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beyond broken promises
broken systems
broken policies –

that demoralize
dehumanize
and demonize…

Peace resides

Peace lives in the quiet spaces

of acknowledgment
respectful action
significant change

between imagination and possibility

Peace resides
because a Child was born

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in places of awe
and unabashed wonder
where Hope
and Peace flourish –

untethered
unencumbered

where authenticity is celebrated…
Joy resides

between imagination and possibility

Joy resides
because a Child was born

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beyond hate-filled rhetoric
abuse of power

broad strokes –
that divide
suppress
and marginalize…

Love resides

Love lives in the quiet spaces
of hard work and heart work

compassion and commitment
understanding and empathy

between imagination and possibility

where the inhale becomes the exhale.

Hope, Peace, Joy and Love reside
because a Child was born

– Florence Niven, 17 Dec 2023