At our ‘Carols by Candlelight’ Service on Wednesday evening (16th December), I shared a poem I had written called ‘Nothing can ever be the same again.’ Here it is, in written form. So many folk have asked for a copy. I trust it blesses you. I also include a video of me reciting the poem from Wednesday evening. Feel free to use.
Nothing can ever be the same again
(C) Malcolm Duncan
He arrived unnoticed by most people
A small, wrinkled baby like any other
Cooed over by His father,
Suckled by His mother.
The pain of His arrival was the same.
The anxious wait for the beginning of His story,
Worried about by Joseph,
Longed for by His Mary.
Just another child born in Bethlehem
The Landlord thought as he heard the news
‘New parents learning the ropes’ he thought
But he didn’t see the lit fuse….
The fuse that changes everything
The fuse that made the angels sing
The fuse that made the Magi bring
Their gifts to His feet.
Because here in the filth of a stable
The Creator is held in a cradle
The One who flung stars into space
Has a squished, vernixed face.
The fuse, you see, is incarnation.
God is here for all to see
Deity with skin on for you and me
Hope with hands
Love with legs
Compassion with eyes
This is what Life looks like
And nothing can ever be the same again.
Time – split by this moment.
Promises – become old and new here.
Governments topple and fall in the light of this simple event
For this is the moment when the Son was sent.
This is the moment when the Light came on.
This is the moment when the darkness shook.
This is the moment when the flag was unfurled
This is the moment that changes the world.
This is a moment that changes you
This is a moment that changes me
Because of this moment the blind can see
In the power of this moment the captives are freed.
In the strength of this moment the poor are embraced
Because this is the moment when we see His face….
God is here
Not there, here.
Not absent, present.
Not distant, close
Not detached, connected
This is not plan ‘B’
This is plan ‘A’
This was always going to be the way
God – too far away for us to understand
Comes in to us here, just as He planned
And lets us see that He cares
That is why He is there
And that is why He is here
Standing in the shadows of the candle light
He offers us hope this December Night
Hope for today, hope for now
Hope for always
Hope for all
Hope for you