third week of advent.

God is with us
in our suburban sprawl houses
in our high rise apartments
in our one-room shacks
in our sleeping bags on the church stairs
in our desert tents

God is with us
at the marriage bed
at the hospital bed
in the trenches
in the fields
at the factory line

God is with us
when we take our first breaths
when we breathe deep in the night
when we’re struck breathless by beauty
when we take our final breath
when we breathe in the air of heaven

He came and stayed
in a hostile territory
He has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows
He is with us
He has been and will be
one of these days
we will be with Him


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