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Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 | 0 comments

What You Have: A Prayer-Poem for the Season of Epiphany


Below is a prayer-poem I wrote for the season of Epiphany, which is all about SEEING.  This could certainly be used at any time in the church calendar when temperatures cool and snow falls…

What You Have

It’s hard to know what you have.

the field behind my home

is fertile and open

an expanse of grass and hay.

every now and then I’ll see a dog out for a walk

or a cat lazing about

or a few friends playing catch.


And then it snows.

by midmorning there are ski tracks

and deer tracks                 and boot prints

and     paw      prints      galore

and brightly colored feathers      by the birdfeeder too.

by sundown

there are snow angels added

and snow-forts

and                                                   snow tunnels



we are

lucky: snow



Who would have guessed that field is a crossroads where all God’s creatures come to play?


Who would have guessed one could miss so much

for lack of snow

for lack of attention

for lack of seeing what you have?  AMEN.

© Rev. Kevin Goldenbogen, 2016

Kevin Goldenbogen is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ serving an amazing congregation in the foothills of the Green Mountains of Vermont. He skis, climbs, runs, bakes bread, rides a red Vespa, and tries every day to follow Jesus. He is married to the perfect woman and has two boys who he loves beyond words.

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