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    Dec 7, 2016 2:53:49 PM

    The Season of Anticipation in a Time of Gentleness

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    In 2014, Esther Gillie first shared this poem with the Northeastern Seminary community. Since then, Esther has successfully completed both her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at the Seminary. The second entry of our Advent blog series invites us to reflect, along with Esther, on the gentleness experienced throughout our lives.

    by, Esther Gillie

    My compassionate Grandmother,
    softly brushing lingering the lips against her Hub’s
    thin, blue-veined hand, the one with the stumpy fourth finger,
    as he lay dying.

    My chivalrous Grandfather,
    considerately hoisting Mate up into
    the blue truck
    with a little push on her derriere
    and a loving pat as she settles in.

    My tender hearted Mother
    slowly teasing the crusty Band-Aid from my skin
    without pain or ripping.

    My even-tempered Father
    patiently unknotting tangled skein of red yarn
    without yelling at me for making such a mess.

    My sympathetic Sister
    carefully coaxing burdocks from my matted hair
    without pulling and making me cry.

    My loving Daughter-in-Law
    soothingly bathing her newborn,
    calming his fear and hushing his cries.

    My soft-spoken Son
    tenderly teaching my grandson to pet
    the dog nice without making her growl.

    My humble Professor
    quietly explaining the theory over and over
    with no hint of frustration
    until the light dawned.

    My godly Pastor
    graciously enfolding me in a comforting hug
    when my son died and words were useless.

    My kind Neighbor
    thoughtfully helping in so many ways
    when chemo made life a challenge.

    God is with us
    in these small touches of Gentleness.

    May it ever be so.


    Esther Gillie_Northeastern Seminary Alumna.jpgDr. Esther Gillie (M.Div., D.Min. ’16) is the Dean of Library at Regent University in Virginia Beach, V.A. and formally the Director of Library Services at Roberts Wesleyan College. Esther’s doctoral dissertation research was dedicated to developing spiritually nurturing resources designed specifically for cancer patients and survivors.

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