Think of Mary
preparing for the birth of her child,
for the coming of the Christ into her life …
preparing for the birth of her Child;
needing swaddling clothes, lots of them;
a sheltered home, warmth, food, loved ones,
for the birth of her first Child.
But just as everything is nearly ready
Joseph gets the word that they must travel to Bethlehem.
– On a donkey, of all things!
– How inconvenient!
In fact, how apparently impossible!
Even today, a mother-to-be thinks twice
about planning a journey at such a time.
So dangerous! So uncomfortable!
Such a choice! Such terrible risk!
If I were Mary, what would I do?
Such a choice! To risk life itself?
And so it is for each of us
in every time and in every place.
Christ is coming, of that we can be certain.
Whether it is in Bethlehem, Kirkland, or your home town,
Christ’s coming will catch us at a vulnerable moment.
The choice is always between “Yes” and “No”.
The risk is always life itself.
It is in making the choice,
in taking the risk,
in becoming vulnerable
that meaning and worth are found.
It is in saying “Yes!” to the Coming Christ
that our preparation becomes complete.
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Written by me – July 2012