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They come for 24 hours
four times a year.
Its not enough,
really—
for any of us. But
we are glad for every minute.
Most have known each other
30 years, or more—
colleagues in ministry.
Some of us have come along
lately. It is no matter; gladness
is the welcome; deep
is the sharing; gentle
is the humor; in every way,
nourishing,
the time together—
in silence,
in conversation,
in song,
in nature,
at table. We do not resolve
even one single problem
the world faces. Well…
perhaps, in a way,
we do:
there is healing
balm in this circle
of love, care.