offering thanks (5.58am)

sitting next to my mum in church as a child in ukarumpa. the smooth hard benches in the meeting house, always cool to the touch.

she would reach into her bilum and offer up gum. juicy fruit or p.k. in small, square packets. torn quietly open, they spilled out smooth white-shelled pieces of chewable treasure.

coloring. thumbing through worn songbooks. my heart spoken to—-my mouth filled with sweet.

thank yous have no need ofย  “would you like…”

offer. let someone savor the sweet of them.

in everything give thanks; for this is godโ€™s will for you in christ jesus.

1 thessalonians 5:18(NASB)

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