incarnation: tangible God

The people who walked in darkness
    have seen a great light.
For those who lived in a land of deep shadows—
    light! sunbursts of light!
For a child has been born—for us!
    the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
    the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
    Strong God,
Eternal Father,
    Prince of Wholeness.

Isaiah 9:2, 6 (The Message)

God of Beloved’s heart and Creator’s hands,
of rainbow-coloured covenant
with we who:
~ give in to delusions of deity,
~ grumble in times of scarcity,
~ grasp for power and prosperity,
~ gauge the worth of others by their vulnerability,
~ garnish spiritual life with religious legality;
~ grovel when faced with calamity –

amazing Counselor,
  strong God,
    eternal Father,
      prince of Wholeness,
Shalom in the world promised, prophesied,
within the virgin’s womb.

The cries of your milked creation –
a land of deep darkness,
a vast sea of desolation –
coalesce with the wails
~ of endangered wildlife,
~ of widows and orphans,
~ of refugees and prisoners,
~ of the outcast and the lonely,
~ of the abused and oppressed –

amazing Counselor,
  strong God,
    eternal Father,
      prince of Wholeness,
Love for the world made flesh
through the mixed miracle and mess
of Mary’s lonely* labour.

Tangible God
whose ten fingers and ten toes
Mary touched in wide-eyed wonder,
substantiate this mindful day
the gift of God-with-us.
Flare forth in the gloomy shadows
~ of hatred and suspicion,
~ of violence and war,
~ of poverty and illness,
~ of sin and death –

amazing Counselor,
  strong God,
    eternal Father,
      prince of Wholeness,
Hope of the world made manifest
in the majesty of heaven cradled
against the virgin’s chest.

Christ-Child – born for us!
Son of God – gifted to us!
~ Shalom epitomized;
~ Love personalized;
~ Hope realized.



*lonely – remote, secluded

About Yvonne Ghavalas

A minister in the Uniting Church in Australia, sharer of stories, sandwich enthusiast, seeker, and sometimes fool (archaic), sporadic blogger at

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