Sunday, 27 December 2015

Christmas - what is the point?

Christmas has come
Presents unwrapped
Tree emptied of gifts
Carols joined in with
Card written and posted
Is this all there is?

No snow this year
White Christmas only in dreams of yesteryear
The Earth is changing rapidly
Adapting to what we have done
Floods, hurricanes, storms as never before
If we don’t adapt, then what will happen?

Political point scoring
Apocalyptic madness
Refugees of war
The disease of corporate greed
Worshipping money and power
Can we not see the consequences?

The Christ has come
Yet still unrecognized, unseen
Unwrapped, ignored, imprisoned within his manger
Jesus, Immanuel
God in human form

Jesus out of the manger
Jesus at large, to the world a danger
Jesus the rebel, the healer
The sacrifice
The King
Our Lord and our God

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Waiting - a poem for Advent

I sit at home, waiting
Waiting for a mac to boot up,
Waiting or the kettle to boil,
Waiting for the phone to ring
Waiting for an email.

Waiting for something less banal on daytime TV
Waiting for truth from an MP
Waiting to see the GP
Waiting in a queue for the blood lady
Waiting to see a therapist

I have become almost an expert at waiting
And yet I know so little
Energy levels deleted
A mind wrapped in fog
Too tired to think or plan

I cry out to God, not sure if he is listening
Why?  What do I do with this?
“Wait and rest in me” – the reply
Wait and rest in me

So I try to see God in my waiting
To see God in the moment
And so I sit at home waiting.
Waiting for God who came as a child outcast
For God who will come again as King

And who comes now – in our waiting.