Got to be part of our contemporary service for Christmas Eve. There were some unique components to it that made it a pretty powerful experience. One of them was the reading of some poetic verse (think slam poetry lite). If you're not sure what I'm talking about, search Amena Brown on youtube and you'll find the kind of style I'm referencing. Anyways, I had the chance to write the readings for the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love Candles. My sister in law and another young adult from church took turns reading them off stage. Over the next few days I'll post them here.
Wishing. Waiting. Praying.
The anticipation of a coronation of a new king.
Beauty so breathtaking. Light penetrating. The dawn of a new thing.
How long O God must we wait?
When O God will you decide our fate?
O Lord, come and make your name great!
Come, give us reason to celebrate.
But wait. Is this really your plan?
To send your Son as a virgin born man?
Moving stars around like only you can?
Could this rescue get any stranger?
That all our hope is found in a tiny manger?
We’ve waited so long for your revolution.
Instead of an army, is this your solution?
A child, a baby. Shepherds and wise men.
Our expectations are crushed. Your way simply defies them.
Our hopes and our dreams completely unfurled.
Yet your hope so it seems, has entered the world.