Thanksgiving Kiss


O, Mary, thank you for Your Child.

See my empty arms.

See my open heart.

Place your Treasure

In my embrace.


He smiles at me,

As I push aside  His swaddling,

To gaze in awe

On the Babe of my redemption.


Mystery of mysteries,

Mercy of God,

You’ve come to me.

You’ve come for me

I dare a kiss on Your sweet brow,

My Emmanuel.


© 2011 Joann Nelander


Lent is about Love,

Recognizing our lack and need.


Lent is about Spring,

becominf fertile grouns for Christ’s seed.


Lent is about Life,

Allowing the sprout to be freed.


Lent is about creation,

Imaging Christ in love and deed.


©2013 Joann Nelander