Although we chose ‘Light’ and ‘Promises’ for our Christmas cards, the word that perhaps best represents Christmas is ‘Earthed’. As God enters our reality in the form of the baby Jesus, his presence, his promises, become ‘earthed’ among us.
So here’s a poem for Christmas on that theme:
Earthed – a Christmas poem
Ring a bell,
Call a parade,
Get this on the evening news.
Let everything on earth,
And beneath the earth and above it,
And everything in the sea too,
From the oak to the octopus,
Bees, bears, birds, buffalo, bacteria,
And human beings,
We have an announcement.
The waiting is over.
The gap is breached.
Tell the lame they will dance
And the blind they will see rainbows.
Tell the oppressed they will be free
and the poor they will be rich.
Tell the meek their earth is ready.
Tell darkness its days are numbered
And its minions to flee,
Tell the warmongers
That peace will overtake them
And cover their battletanks in dust.
Let the wind shake the forest,
And ripple praise across the grasslands.
Let the mountaintops sparkle with joy.
Your God is for you; your God is with you,
Let all creation sing his welcome.
But whisper it,
The baby is sleeping.
(Jeremy Williams, 2011)