Image of a carved figure of Baby Jesus laying in straw. A poem is overlaying the photo.

Text of the poem:

First Coming by Madeleine L'Engle
He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.

He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he cameto a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

Every year we come through the Advent season – yearning, waiting, anticipating the justice and peace and righteousness the prophets proclaim. Then we launch ourselves into Christmas Day, make New Year’s resolutions, and by mid-January, we’ve moved on.

Maybe the waiting is too hard. Maybe it’s just something we feel more comfortable projecting into the far distant future of one of these days… or heaven. But really, the things we yearn for – the end of racism and white supremacy, the end of poverty, the end of oppression, the end of addiction, the end of homelessness, the end of homo/transphobia, the end of all things that diminish and destroy – these don’t come magically. Thoughts and prayers don’t make these things happen.

Jesus didn’t carry a magic wand – he waded into the thick of things and got to work. This is how it ever was with God. Justice comes when God’s people stop waiting and get to work turning themselves around. This is my Christmas wish for all of us. No more waiting.

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