Friday, 20 December 2013

Heralding

If the angels are only singing to shepherds -
why bother with angels at all?
It's as if God says, "I could do it big,
but instead, I'm keeping it small.
I could send my Son to a palace -
but I'd rather he slept in a stall.
My heavenly hosts are at his command,
but it's Mary who comes to his call.
And only a few on that first holy night
are aware of his coming at all.

Now you think that it would have been clearer
if the whole world had been held in thrall
By earthquakes and fire, and thunderous noise,
and the blast of a trumpet's call.
There'll be such a time, I can promise you that,
when the earth to its knees will fall.
But for now, I send love, stealing down from above -
and for now, I'm keeping it small."

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."
Luke 2:8-10

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