The gesture of a gift is adequate.
If you have nothing: laurel leaf or bay,
no flower, no seed, no apple gathered late,
do not in desperation lay
the beauty of your tears upon the clay.
No gift is proper to a Deity;
no fruit is worthy for such power to bless.
If you have nothing, gather back your sigh,
and with your hands held high, your heart held high,
lift up your emptiness!
- by Carmelite Sister Jessica Powers,
from Simple Graces: Poems for Meditation and Prayer by Gretchen Schwenker and Mathew Kessler
(A beloved friend shared this poem this weekend - a great gift that helps me in this moment when all I have to offer is "the gesture of a gift.")