and fear

Sunday Reflection

20th December 2020

'A prayer for the many
millions waking this morning
to deep disappointment and fear'

.....Pete Greig

May the love of God
the Father
bring unexpected comfort
to your home today,
connecting hearts
that are apart,
and reconfiguring
family this Christmas.

May the hope of God the Son,
born into dark disruption
and deep uncertainty,
ignite a little light
in your home today,
surprising you with
joy this Christmas.

May the peace of God
the Holy Spirit console
your soul today,
filling your heart
and your home with the
serenity of his
presence this Christmas.

And so let us return
to that first Christmas
to find a fearful mother
as she brings her baby into such
a dark place and time in history.
It is not what she wanted.

See the uncertainty etched
in the man's features,
worried and unable
to properly provide,
feeling clumsy,
unsure of his own role
and involvement.
It is not what he wanted.

Consider their sense
of isolation at
a time of such vulnerability,
far away from
loved-ones and home.
It is not what they wanted.

Imagine the frustration
they feel,
forced to be here now,
against their will,
at this most intimate moment
by the relentless demands
of a distant government.
It is not what they wanted.

This year of all years,
perhaps we may celebrate
with new understanding
the Christmas no one wanted.

The fragility of life
in the shadow of death,
the hope of healing
in a dangerous environment,
the love ephemeral yet eternal,
born to a tiny, vulnerable,
isolated, disorientated,
disappointed, fearful,
fragile family,
which is Immanuel,
God with us
(when others can't be with us).

A Light that shines
in the darkness,
a defiant hope
in spite of everything,
Jesus Christ the Lord.

(thanks to Charlie Mackesy
for letting me use
his lovely picture)

(reduced to fit this format)