20 Contemplations #16: Consolation

With weeping they shall come, and with consolation I will lead them back… (Jeremiah 31:9a, NRSV) Noise. The ages seem to verge upon chaos. Yet crescendo is not crisis. What men of old saw has not failed. Four hundred years of silence did not climax now, to then leave us empty. He always spoke gentlyContinue reading “20 Contemplations #16: Consolation”

20 Contemplations #15: Intimacy

He comes near, able to touch, to be touched, and be wounded, to kiss and to be kissed: the grateful kiss, the sleepy child dismiss- ing himself to sleep; the mother’s kiss, a smudge on freshly-bathed cheek; the plotter’s grudge expressed in the curl of doubled lips, the final, false farewell, the fatal tryst. He comesContinue reading “20 Contemplations #15: Intimacy”

20 Contemplations #14: Wonder

…the astonishment of the Angels: for it is not in them (pure spirits), but in the human race, that God unites himself, and the Son of God incarnate “is not ashamed to call us his brothers.” (Olivier Messiaen) Flames of fire, yet only servants. They long to look into what we hold as child: God-made-flesh.Continue reading “20 Contemplations #14: Wonder”

20 Contemplations #13: Incarnate

It could be that the wildest, strangest things in the Bible were the places where it touched earth. (Marilynne Robinson, Lila) Our minds jump too easily: from cradle to grave – a Cross upon a hill. And yes, this is where it tends. Yet first the stable is where God, first time in wounded ages,Continue reading “20 Contemplations #13: Incarnate”

20 Contemplations #12: Alpha, Omega

   What did you expect when you came to see The baby, all wrapped in swaddling bands? A king, mighty, radiant in glory? A beaming cherubim, good will in his hands? Did you come to bow or to learn or be Affirmed by all that you saw? Herod bore No risks; and the heavens wereContinue reading “20 Contemplations #12: Alpha, Omega”

20 Contemplations #11: Communion

…Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. (Luke 2:19) I hold You; I bore You. Yet You cannot be held by me. The story told from first honours me but exalts You more: a dot at the start, impossibly small, yet burst- ing with life. How could this all be? IContinue reading “20 Contemplations #11: Communion”

20 Contemplations #10: Joy

Delight the Spirit feels in constant burst: Delight in Three, delight in all that’s good. And as the Son descends, is born, is God, Delight the Spirit feels at last, at first. Joy of Spirit fractures Earth’s rehearsed Ways of being happy. Earth gives a nod To God, then walks the path that Adam trod.Continue reading “20 Contemplations #10: Joy”

20 Contemplations #9: Logos

“…before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58) Eternity enters the human timeframe. Before movement had matter, He was: No beginning or conclusion; the same Yesterday, today, before all days. Even the hands of clocks he moves, sustains; And now He enters: the watchmaker within The mechanism; the infinite contained. Time baffles at the sight; whereContinue reading “20 Contemplations #9: Logos”

20 Contemplations #8: The Heights

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! (Psalm 148:3) Though He is lowly, they recognise Him, For He commanded and they were made. As they burn, they can still hear the hymn He sung to create them at the Father’s side. One is elected to proclaim, yet choirs Sing to heraldContinue reading “20 Contemplations #8: The Heights”

20 Contemplations #7: Crux

…he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8) Did He view the Cross from birth? Did crossbeams In the stable tell Him where He’d go? Did He see the Cross in treetops’ glow As He flew to earth from Heaven’s beams? Perhaps as Joseph carvedContinue reading “20 Contemplations #7: Crux”