Sunday, 20 December 2015

The rustle of wings

Luke 1:5-13
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold
In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both of them were righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord. But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were getting on in years.
Once when he was serving as priest before God and his section was on duty, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and offer incense. Now at the time of the incense offering, the whole assembly of the people was praying outside. Then there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified; and fear overwhelmed him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John.

It seems that Angels were frequent visitors
in days gone past
Bringing good news and bad
Bringing terror and joy
Bringing anticipation and trepidation
Angels - messengers of God
Are they less frequent today?
Or is it that we're less inclined to notice
or pay heed?
Lost in cyberspace
there is no room for the celestial
And so we miss the gentle rustle
of angels wings
and the good news that they bring.

God, in all the clamour, give us space to wait on angels, to hear your message conveyed by unconventional means to ordinary people in out of the way places. Come, Lord Jesus, Come.

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