Just at the moment it seems that all around is hurt and despair; world news, money worries, illness and dying. This poem by Thom M Shuman from the Iona Community speaks of hope in our darkest moments with the coming of Emmanuel – God with us. It certainly gives me hope and lifts my spirits.
who braves our rejection and hurt,
who holds us in acceptance and love.
who whispers in our ears
that we – each of us – are beloved children.
who cradles us in arms that never grow weary;
whose lap has room enough for all.
who watches in the long silence of the night,
that we might rest in peace.
who steadies us when we falter,
who lifts us up when we fall.
who picks up all the faded dreams we drop along the way
and patchworks them into hope.
O Come, O Come, Immanuel:
and we will rejoice for ever!
– Judith Hansen, churchwarden St Mary’s Beaminster