Reputation and perception

OPENING PRAYER

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Dawn, unsplash.com

O Rising Dawn,
Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice:
come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
O Antiphon

Risktaking and crossing thresholds

'While they were there, the time came for Mary to deliver her child and she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them at the inn'. Luke 2:6-7

The darkest time in the year, The poorest place in town, Cold, and a taste of fear, Man and woman alone. What can we hope for here? More light than we can learn, More wealth than we can treasure, More love than we can earn, More peace than we can measure, Because one child is born. Michael Mayne

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Danielle Macinnes, unsplash.com

Reflection

God slips into the human family barely noticed, creator of sun, moon and stars, born, held, comforted, changed and fed. This is the greatest mystery. This is the breathtaking humility of God, the God who risks being rejected, ignored and despised, coming in poverty and disgrace, born in an animal shed to unmarried refugee parents. What kind of God is this?

One for whom the risk to reputation and of perception was no obstacle.

Closing prayer

If you can, become still and quiet, close your eyes and imagine you are in the stable in Bethlehem, with all its smells and sounds, the texture of the straw, the cold air. Let events unfold in your imagination. When you are ready end the time with silent or spoken thanksgiving.

Jane Edwards