Blue Christmas Reflection – Creating a space to listen
We come tonight seeking sanctuary, a place to be safe,
to listen to the beating of our own hearts,
to take a breath and listen to the turning of the season.
What is the lesson of the fig tree for us tonight?
Where do we find hope?
We come tonight fragile as the grass, withered by life’s challenges,
fading like the flowers of the field, longing for peace,
longing to hear the voice of the messenger.
How do we hear the voice of the one crying out in the wilderness?
Where do we find peace?
We come tonight weary of a world shadowed in darkness,
burdened by destruction and devastation,
to remember that there is one who is coming.
How will we make the time to experience the joy of new possibilities?
Where do we find joy?
We come tonight resting in the pregnant pause, a time of in-between,
a time of waiting and listening, a time of mystery and angel wings
a time to simply be, to feel the embrace of God’s love.
How do we make space for love to flourish in our lives?
Where do we find love?
We come tonight because the grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation to all, in the form of a fragile vulnerable baby,
a child who was laid in a manger, because there was no place for him
and yet who was born into the loving arms of a mother and father.
A baby heralded by angels, worshipped by shepherds and wise ones.
A man of peace and justice, a storyteller, liberator and lover of hospitality.
A king whose crown was made of thorns and his throne a lonely cross.
In this man we discover that our broken hearts are held and treasured.
In this man, once a treasured baby, we find one who weeps with us.
In this man we find hope, peace, joy and love. Amen
Saide Cameron, offered for worship, Blue Christmas 13/12