From Digby Hannah of Australia comes a Christmas poem that he sent me last summer and I said, yes — if there is ever a time to celebrate the birth and nurturing by two men or two women of a child, this, the upside down season of Magnificat is it!
Thank you, Digby.
It is the Christmas season
here on the front page of the daily paper
a newborn babe
held by a glowing couple
whose faces brim with the joy and love of fresh parenthood
Madonnas and child
and the annunciation of a birth
My heart leaps
and I hear angels
Elizabeth’s baby leapt for joy in her womb
at the coming of the Christ child
the appearance of the new kingdom.
After so many years this kingdom is still coming
the kingdom of the lowly, of kings who ride on donkeys
the kingdom in which women who embrace women are embraced
Here in the paper, a public birth
one woman, a well-known politician
her partner wishing for an obscure stable
Christians are resigning
from a party ‘endorsing gay relationships’
My heart sinks
Christmas is the coming of the one
who ‘lifts the lowly and fills the hungry with good things’
the lowly – the excluded and the despised
the hungry – those yearning to be nourished as they are
Instead of exclusion why not embrace?
Instead of cold darkness and harsh voices
why not the glory of the Lord and singing angels?