Monday, December 21, 2020

Advent day 23 (2020)

 


 

People of God: prepare!

God, above all, maker of all,

is one with us in Christ.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

God, the mighty God,

bends down in love to earth.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

God with us, God beside us,

comes soon to the world he has made.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

We are God’s children,

we seek the coming Christ.

Maranatha!

Come, Lord Jesus!

 

God…is one with us in Christ.

On my study wall hangs a large print of the painting Fußwaschung (The Washing of Feet) by Sieger Köder. Depicting Jesus washing Simon Peter’s feet, just hours before his arrest, mockery of a trial, and execution, it doesn’t feel especially Christmassy. And yet I am drawn to the hands—to Peter leaning on Jesus’ shoulder; and the anticipation of Jesus touching Peter’s feet, an anticipation heightened by the fact that we only see Jesus’ face reflected in the water—and to the reality for so many people this year that they have not experienced human touch for many long months. In Christ, the cradled baby, the child, the adult, God is one with us, in touch with us. This year, perhaps more than ever before, we join the Advent longing ‘Maranatha!’ Come, Lord Jesus!

 

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