This has been a challenging week. We lost two beloved West Parish members. And a number of you have loved ones who are fighting Covid, or have other serious health concerns. And some of YOU have serious health concerns! And then there is everything else...
I don't know about you, but my mind can start spinning with the grief and the weight of it all, and then I need to stop -- and breathe -- and remind myself that God is right here. And God is right there with YOU. And God is with all who are suffering or sick or hungry. Advent reminds us that God came to be with us!
As this lovely poem, "First Coming" by Madeleine L'Engle, describes:
He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.
He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.
He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.
He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.
We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!
The world is a mess, and yet, it is into this mess that Jesus came! We cannot wait till the world is sane to raise our songs with joyful voice. Jesus came to share our grief and touch our pain. And as we celebrate this Sunday: he came to bring love. That is a cause for rejoicing.
Do not be afraid, Good People, God is with us!