Ancient longings

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are of old, from ancient times.

And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth
And he will be our peace                  Micah 5:2,4

Paul Hanaoka,

Paul Hanaoka,

God’s peace, our peace

What do I long for?   What am I looking for this Christmas to be for me?    A long lie in, a family gathering, to have finished my Christmas shopping, for peace and rest, for people to stop shooting other people. My longings go from self centred to global.  

But maybe these are all in some ways the surface issues, my longing (our longing?) is to be at peace.   If I can centre my longing on Jesus, to see him and stay with him, I can somehow walk through the other things, conflicts -  small, intimate  and global.  And find the ways in which he asks me to make a difference.   

Kirsty Hook