Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Advent Virtues

Advent started last Sunday and I wanted to share these 4-line poems about virtues.
I wrote these in the summertime, but they seem to fit during Advent when we are
"preparing the way of the Lord."

The tea light candle holder in the middle of our Advent Wreath
 is wooden and has angels carved around the sides.
 It was a gift from friends in Germany and I like to light it
 on Christmas Day as a reminder of the angels heralding Christ's birth.
Virtues by Janet Sobczyk, 2012ⓒ

Loyal and true,
with strength of conviction,
steadfast all through,
our life's greatest mission.

not uptight,
easily shares,
is always fair.

It's an elusive thing
that may come and go,
lighting up a face.
It  can be contagious!

A thoughtful gift,
a kind gesture,
a gentle word,
can melt a heart.

"God, grant me patience"
is a dangerous prayer
because He may send
 trials to test it. Beware!

It's more than a stillness,
or absence of conflict.
It wraps around our hearts
like an angel's embrace.

The tongue needs a bridle,
the mind needs a map,
the heart needs compassion,
to keep on the right track.

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