Day Twenty Three: Light Dawns

Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:8-20

As we embarked on our Advent journey, I offered the simple story of how my children used to mark their birthdays with the words:

The earth goes round the sun,
The earth goes round the sun,
Three hundred and sixty five days a year
the earth goes round the sun. 

Well, three hundred and sixty five days have passed since we last remembered the story of God entering our story; our life, our days, our death in human form.

For three hundred and sixty five days, the sun has come up each morning; banishing the darkness and offering the gift of a new day – full of new opportunities, new beginnings.

But this is the morning, the day that we celebrate the angel greetings: “Don’t be afraid.
I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide:
A Saviour has just been born in David’s town,
a Saviour who is Messiah and Master.
This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger”
(Luke 2:10-11).

Light dawns …

the Light
from which all life dawned:
the Great Let-It-Be
who christened the vast expanse of space
with millions upon millions upon millions
of stars
as signs of God’s strength
to do the impossible
for us
and with us
and through us

now nestled
in a manager,
in a stable,
in an obscure town;
too busy and too full to notice
the Great I AM
whose hands laid the earth’s foundation,
gripping tightly to his mother’s finger –

a reflex
– surprisingly solid, firm –
rehearsed within the virgin’s womb;

Dependable God
now dependent
on a nothing, from no-where really,
who gazed in wide-eyed wonder
at those who came to see
and marvel
at how God completes God’s promises.

Light dawns …

… the light of our salvation.

Named Jesus (God saves),
Immanuel – God with us
that we might be re-named:
Holy People,
God-Redeemed,
Sought-Out,
City-Not-Forsaken
.

Light dawns …

… the light of realisation:
such mystery,
such wonder,
such love,
such joy,
such peace,
such promise,
such hope of eternal life
is too much for us to make sense of

yet,
through the Christ-child,
within our grasp.

This Christmas,
may light-seeds be planted
in us,
and in all people;
the Light of Life
alive in us.

Light dawns ….