The Carpenter, poetry written by Paula Puolakka at
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The Carpenter

The Carpenter

written by: Paula Puolakka


Who is the most famous carpenter
(and a carpenter’s son)
in the history of man?
His birth is the reason why we are celebrating

In his hometown, he was unable to do miracles
since he was not seen as a prophet:
the king was looked down upon
because of his family history
and his past as a local boy.
Yet, he healed the sick
and tried to teach the people to understand
the ways of G-d.

In my family, there have been many good men
who have worked to make the pieces of wood come alive.
There is a difference if you are working with mahogany,
or cedar:
you have to know the essence of the materials
to choose the right one
to get the best outcome.
It’s the same thing with different individuals:
you have to sense the unique G-d-given energy
in everyone
to remove what is not necessary
to light up their full potential.

The king had this special skill
to work with people
because of his past
as a carpenter
(and a carpenter’s son)
in Nazareth.
His birthday, Christmas,
should be the day when we cherish the unique
skills and essence of each and every one.

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