Thursday, December 22, 2016

emmanuel

All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
  "Look, the virgin shall
            conceive and bear a
            son,
      and they shall name him
            Emmanuel,"
which means "God is with us."  Matthew 1:22-23

you came,
struggling through
the deep drifts of our sins,
to pull us out,
hand us a warm toddy of grace,
and wrap us in
the comfort of
your hope;

you came,
unlatching the storm windows
we have hung over our
hopelessness,
so we can open our hearts
to the bracing breath
of your joy;

you came,
you arms full of groceries,
cooking up a storm,
letting us lick the bowls,
and decorate the kitchen
with icing and sprinkles,
then sending us out
with our arms full
of your goodness,
so everyone might
gorge themselves
on your love;

you came,
that little child
taking our hand
on a cold winter night's
walk,
suddenly stopping
and whispering,
'did you hear that?'

you came,
and oh, how quickly
we
forget!

Prayer:  Take away our Adventnesia, Emmanuel, so we can see you still with us,
in every moment, in every person.  Amen.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

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