Toward the Light
Too often our answer to the darkness
is not running toward Bethlehem
but running away.
We ought to know by now that we can’t see
where we’re going in the dark.
Running away is rampant
separation is stylish:
separation from mates, from friends, from self.
Run and tranquilize
don’t talk about it,
Run away and join the army
of those who have already run away.
When are we going to learn that Christmas Peace
come only when we turn and face the darkness?
Only then will be able to see
the Light of the World.
By Ann Weems, from "Kneeling in Bethlehem"