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ENDLESS BEGINNINGS by Margaret Vidale

 I first attended a Unitarian Church when I moved to Boston…

It was in 1965 when I was studying Early Childhood Education. There was a Unitarian Church just a few blocks away, which I decided to explore.  I was very comfortable with the idea that all religions based on love hold a part of God's truth, but no one religion holds it all.

 I believe Divine Truth is so vast and complex, human minds are not capable of grasping it in its entirety.  But we do catch glimpses of it working around us. I believe I saw such a glimpse when I looked out my window one spring morning.


Endless Beginnings

Mid-April sunshine floods the neighborhood
I stand at my front window, sipping
a cup of chamomile tea, taking
a break from the basement clutter

I can see my husband and our grandson
returning home
their feet swinging in unison
small fingers disappearing into large
They stop to examine the delicate buds

on a gnarled, Bing cherry tree
My husband’s lips move in explanation
each word absorbed as revelation
Over forty years ago, my

bridal bouquet was a burst of
cherry blossoms, the lacey abundance
of spring’s return, a fragrant
promise of endless beginnings

Wearing short-sleeve shirts and khaki pants
grandfather and grandson
smile the same smile
and all the afternoon glow
is an extension of their pleasure

I hadn’t expected to see such happiness
when I looked out my window
two souls journeying
each bringing exactly what

the other had been yearning for

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