New Year’s Day

It is the first day of a new year
The first page of yet another chapter in life’s long journey
The special feeling has come
As I knew I knew it would
A sense of kinship with all living things
The bare trees and the firs and the pines
The shy cardinals who show themselves
And then hide in a bush
The graceful hawk gliding in the sky
And then perching atop the high tower
Where he has joined a friend.

A multitude of images
Refresh my soul
As I reflect on great loss and great love
Two pathways to God
I have known both
I am twice blest
As I begin the new year.

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