16 December 2022 - CITW

16 December 2022            A Candle in the Window            Peter Millar

Words to encourage us in these times.          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

The Living Hope of Christmas

But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the messiah, the Lord...’

Luke 2: 10-11

 

The Bells of Christmas

The Bells of Christmas  -

sounding again across the globe

in all of its fragility,

telling their tale, amidst our confusions.

But who now trusts their news

midst war and pestilence?

How do they sound

within these narratives of hate

which pierce so many lives?

How can we speak of peace

beneath the missiles,

or of justice when

millions go hungry?

Where are we

as forests burn and floods destroy

and bird-song ceases?

Yet only in sharing the pain,

can new birth occur,

all of us changed by these flames

and hurt by their heat.

Not distant, but present,

accepting the truth

embedded in these ancient bells,

that we belong together

as bearers of hope.

For the Bells of Christmas,

are transforming Bells of Life and Light

rooted in our world,

in tandem with its tears and search for healing.

Peter Millar Edinburgh, Christmas 2022