Wednesday, December 14
Each year when in Advent we set up the crèche
We're reminded again how the Word became flesh,
For there in the manger a baby we lay ─
A baby whose role was to show us the way.
The world God created was in quite a mess,
But rather than curse, God continued to bless.
In form of an infant so helpless and small
God came to the earth to be Savior of all.
Can we comprehend when we look at that baby
That God had a plan and that maybe, just maybe,
That plan could extend to each being on earth,
And help us find value in each other's worth?
Not that each babe is "the Word become flesh,"
But each one is special, and starts life out fresh.
We must be examples of how they should grow,
For actions speak louder than words - this we know.
If we love all children regardless of race,
We might then be able to understand grace.
If we listen closely to voices of youth,
We might then be able to understand truth.
If we give encouragement rather than scathe,
We might then be able to understand faith.
If welcoming strangers caused no controversy,
We might then be able to understand mercy.
So as children grow, let's continue to bless them,
Encourage their dreams instead of repress them.
Each youngster's uniqueness could blossom and flourish;
Their creative talents then be ours to nourish.
I guess what I'm trying to say is just this:
The Word became flesh, so we surely can't miss
Our chance to be all that God made us to be,
And pray for the day of one world family.
This Advent I hope we'll take time to reflect
On whether we treat everyone with respect.
We all are God's children, so what better reason
To flesh out the words we recall in this season?
If basics are offered to each girl and boy,
They might then be able to comprehend joy.
If when they are struggling, we help youth to cope,
They might then be able to comprehend hope.
If we shape their world so that all war will cease,
They might then be able to comprehend peace.
If we place the needs of all others above,
They might then be able to comprehend love.
And love is the basis of all that we do,
So I challenge myself, and I challenge you -
In all flesh around us to look for the Word,
And through our own living let that Word be heard.
- James Richardson