"Some of us walk into Advent
tethered to our unresolved yesterdays
the pain still stabbing
the hurt still throbbing.
It's not that we don't know better;
it's just that we can't stand up anymore by ourselves.
On the way to Bethlehem,
will you give us a hand?"
Ann Weems, from her book,
Kneeling in Bethlehem, p. 14
copyright 1980, Westminster Press