It can be hard to give when there is fear.
The media that connect us blast it out.
If Santa felt it, how his sleigh would screech!
You need not be an elf to hear the doubt.
Incessant worries: “Will there be enough
tomorrow? How about months after that?”
Well, let’s remember fear is optional.
The world we live on curves. It isn’t flat.
Sunrises come with regularity
and, in the long view, our world spins with grace.
When a tornado strikes, it hits one house
and spares the block. Each home’s a blessed place.
We can’t anticipate how troubles come,
know how life’s fair, or who has learned from what.
Yet I have lived at Earth School long enough
to know there always is a benefit.
It’s mortal to have fears, to suffer pain,
hate when your comfy rut turns into dust.
But when you buy your gifts this season, know
that you can wrap each single one in trust.
— Rose Rosetree, Sterling, VA