Each day I unwrap as a gift given for a special reason;
Receive, open, admire, use; then I carelessly toss,
Expecting the generosity of a tomorrow like today;
Not noticing day’s life altering pass into new season,
Green to gold to red to brown to grey; life’s eventual loss
Days like leaves falling; debris piling raked cleared away,
Gather to mulch vegetable gardens; new life’s treason
Warmed by elder used days; tiny seedlings nestling moss
Nurtured beneath sleeping branches; await first spring day;
Receive, unwrap, celebrate, future days far over horizon,
No thought for those before who suffered day’s loss;
Sacrifice of life in death to gain new life! I kneel to pray:
My days be not raked cleared and burned in death season!
Instead gathered in sacrifice; like Your life-giving cross!
I wait until new life rises; Jesus honor my remaining day!
Redeem careless days, by Love-giving-joy beyond reason!