As Christmas approaches, I get a little wary of the oft used narrative that God "left the splendours of heaven to live amongst us in this grotty planet", and that "we are terrible human beings that require a 180 degree turn around, to win his approval". After all, we were made in the image of our creator, who made both us and this amazing earth. To me, the miracle of Christmas is the commitment of God to his world, who in Jesus says: “What I wan't more than anything else, is a body like yours.”
With this in mind, I share with you a poem I came across recently - I love it, and hope you will too, taking encouragement from its' simple but deep message.
I Like What I See
The Father knocks on my door
seeking a home for his son.
‘Rent is cheap’, I say.
‘I don’t want to rent, I want to buy’, says God.
‘I’m not sure I want to sell,
but you might come and look around’.
‘I think I will’, says God.
‘I might let you have a room or two’.
‘I like it’, says God, ‘I’ll take the two,
you might decide to give me more someday,
I can wait’, says God.
‘I’d like to give you more, but it’s a bit difficult;
I need some space for me’.
‘I know’, says God, ‘but I can wait – I like what I see.’
‘Maybe I can let you have another room,
I really don’t need that much’.
‘Thanks’, says God. ‘I’ll take it - I like what I see’.
‘I’d like to give you the whole house, but I’m not sure’.
‘Think on it’, says God, ‘I won’t put you out;
your house would be mine, and my son would live in it,
but you would have more space than you had before’.
‘I don’t understand that at all’.
‘I know’, says God, ‘but I can’t tell you about it;
you have to discover it for yourself,
and that can only happen if you let me have the whole house’.
‘A bit risky’, I say.
‘Yes’, says God, ‘but try me’.
‘I’m not sure; I’ll let you know’.
‘I can wait’, says God -
‘I like what I see’.
Margaret Hlaska OSF
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