When Justice Weeps

What can we learn from Justice Scalia’s unexpected death?

The blindfold of Justice is concealing her tears.
She weeps as she grieves one now dead.
Eight justices join her because their dear friend
could not be aroused from his bed.

Antonin Scalia has left a great void
in his family and in the High Court.
His death’s a reminder that each day’s a gift
and life can be quickly cut short.

We tend to assume that we’ll always have time
to convey to our loved ones we care.
But then without notice death knocks at our door
and catches us up unaware.

God, grace us with wisdom to cherish our days
to accept those we tend to begrudge,
to offer forgiveness to those who offend
while mindful that You are our Judge.