24 December 2013

Christmas greetings

Wishing you joy and peace this Christmastide

O come, O come, and be our God-with-us
O long-sought With-ness for a world without,
O secret seed, O hidden spring of light.

Come to us, Wisdom, come unspoken Name
Come Root, and Key, and King, and holy Flame,
O quickened little wick so tightly curled,

Be folded with us into time and place,
Unfold for us the mystery of grace
And make a womb of all this wounded world.
O heart of heaven beating in the earth,
O tiny hope within our hopelessness
Come to be born, to bear us to our birth,
To touch a dying world with new-made hands
And make these rags of time our swaddling bands.

Note: The image is a mural of the Nativity in the Orthodox Church of St John the Baptist, Bethany Beyond the Jordan. The sonnet is from Sounding the Seasons by Malcolm Guite.

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