I thought I would pipe in and share a few words from our Service of Remembrance last night, a reminder that the Christmas season is not a cheery, jolly time for everyone. Indeed, a lot of people out there feel great despair and loneliness. If you are one of them, you are not alone, and I hope you know that God is big enough to receive the grief, pain, and sadness you carry.
God did not wait until the world was ready, till the nations were at peace.
God came when the heavens were unsteady and prisoners cried for release.
God did not wait for the perfect time.
God came when the need was deep and great. God dined with sinners in all their grime.
God did not wait until the hearts were pure.
In JOY God came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt. To a world of anguish and shame. God came in JOY, and His light never goes out.
God came to a world which did not mesh; to heal its ill, and shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made flesh, the maker of the stars were born.
We cannot wait until the world is whole, to raise our songs with joyful voice, to share our grief, to touch our pain.
God came in grace, with love. Rejoice! Rejoice!
- Adapted from “First Coming” by Madeleine L’Engle in the Blue Christmas service