Happy Holidays and Rev. Peter's Poem

One Service on Dec. 31 at 10:00 am.

Rev. Peter's Poem for December's Theme, "Hope"

"Wish List" 

World Peace. Of course.
I mean, what kind of person
wouldn’t wish for that?
 
The end of hunger? Poverty?
Discrimination? I’m not sure what
should come next.
 
Compassion. For everyone.
Period.
Just so the list doesn’t
seem too sanctimonious,
a 1956 Gibson Les Paul
would be nice. Oh, and 
the chops to play it.
 
What about a week without
a disturbing revelation about
a man we admired, or any more
tweets from the White House?
 
I’d like Black Lives to matter, 
a tax plan that actually
helps the middle class, and
universal health care coverage.
Probably too much to ask,
but a guy can dream, can’t he?
 
How about winter? 
Just a regular winter.
Not the nuclear kind.
With a clear path to spring
and another chance 
to see the flowers bloom.
 
I’m sorry if you were expecting
a feel-good poem filled with
solstice, snowflakes and saviors.
You have to admit that things 
seem pretty bleak right now.
 
Maybe the best thing, the 
only thing, to wish for is 
the persistence of hope.