“Earthed” by Jeremy Williams

Ring a bell,
call a parade,
get this on the evening news.

Let everything on earth,
and beneath the earth and above it,
and everything in the sea too,
from the oak to the octopus,
bees, bears, birds, buffalo, bacteria,
and human beings,
take notice.

We have an announcement.
The waiting is over.
The gap is breached.

Tell the lame they will dance
and the blind they will see rainbows.
Tell the oppressed they will be free
and the poor they will be rich.
Tell the meek their earth is ready.

Tell darkness its days are numbered
and its minions to flee,
tell the warmongers
that peace will overtake them
and cover their battletanks in dust.

Let the wind shake the forest,
and ripple praise across the grasslands.
Let the mountaintops sparkle with joy.
Your God is for you; your God is with you,
Let all creation sing his welcome.

But whisper it,
the baby is sleeping.

I’d never seen this poem until recently, but it caught my eye with its simplicity – especially after another complicated Covid weekend.
We probably all feel desperate for good news, for signs that change is coming. A great thing to reflect on as we remember that Jesus arrived on a silent, holy night into a world divided by a cruel superpower, when rich and poor were divided, and hope was in short supply. This poem reminds us that we have good reason to rejoice and have hope. Change has come! “We have an announcement.
The waiting is over.
The gap is breached.”
But we need to pay attention, because the miracle came as a tiny baby, sleeping in His mother’s arms. Too easy to overlook…
In the busyness and chaos of this Christmas week, perhaps your plans have been changed or you’re dreading a lonely or frantically busy time. Or perhaps you’re ready and excited about Christmas! Whichever one describes you, let’s all be looking out for the little miracles which show that God is present and at work.
“Your God is for you; your God is with you,
Let all creation sing his welcome.”

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