I begin Advent with gifts from Aotearoa – two of Heather Kelly’s Advent poems from Aotearoa and a photograph of the springtime there sent to me by Richard and Margaret Clayton.
Consider the Sparrow
Consider the sparrow, naked at birth;
not unlike the baby who was wrapped in rags.
Consider the sparrow – its small, compact body,
not unlike the body of a baby child.
Consider the sparrow, vulnerable to predators;
much the same as a baby was vulnerable to those who sought to kill him.
Consider the sparrow, we are told that each one is precious to God,
just as we – each one – are precious to God.
Consider the sparrow, eternally hopeful in its search for food;
a reminder that a baby was born to give us eternal hope!
The consumerism begins in October,
increasingly rushed, harassed people – retail assistants and purchasers alike.
Unrelenting traffic, road rage.
End of year functions, parties – once the domain of children with jelly and ice cream,
now an excuse for excesses – food and drugs of choice.
What is the reason for this craziness?
It is a Christian festival; but where is God?
God is love.
Love is the reason.
Love is patient, Love is kind, Love is simple.
Christmas with patience, kindness, simplicity.
Now there’s a thought – radical!