I’ve been preparing some Advent materials, and in doing so found this old reflection, dated November 2006, so as I started Reader Training and before this blog was started!
It is by way of a response to the following questions:
If Jesus chose to return today, how would you react?
What might you say? How would you feel?
Why did you not come sooner?
Don’t get me wrong Jesus,
it is good to have faith rewarded.
But if you’d come last week those
four soldiers would not have died;
If you’d come last year those
bombs would not have shattered lives;
If you’d come twenty years ago
millions of children would not have suffered.
So why now Lord? Why here?
Why this room, these friends?
Is our pride, our business,
our self sufficiency and security,
really part of the pain you’ve come to relieve?
How can we be worthy of your interest?
Come to the kids loitering in our street,
our friend who lies in a hospice;
Relieve the bereaved, the prisoner
or hassled mother coping on her own.
Relive their pain, forgive their sin,
remove the evil from their lives.
And then, perhaps then…
I’ve missed the point:
I see it in your eyes and feel it in your touch.
You are there too, aren’t you Lord!
If you’ve come back, you’re here for all;
Each house, each home;
each hospital and prison;
Each tank, and battlefield;
each parliament and throne.
Your Majesty, now considers …
Replays the video of my life,
freeze-framing those moments in the journey,
When I forgot to phone a friend,
to say a prayer, to comfort a relative,
To leave a space,
And now Lord,
on my knees,
At your feet
surrounded by your glory…
I wait upon you.