Monday, 19 December 2011

Christmas Present - Advent 4

This week as we approach Christmas we reflect on the Inn Keeper.  To help us reflect on it I have written a poem. Please feel free to share your thoughts. 

When I gaze on the world
The worries and woes
The wounded souls
Wondering where we went wrong
Walking the street
Where people pass by
Not a nod not a hi
Nor a how do you do?
When I gaze on the world
Are we really so worried
By what folks might say
Or what folks might see
When its ear phones in
And mobile on
as our heads are down.
When I gaze on the world
Were social was usual
Standing and chatting
To stranger and friend
Where gathering was fun
Where we weren’t so suspicious
Of stranger and friend.
Where welcome was normal
When there was time to chat, chew the fat.
When I gaze on a story
With its light and hope
Where the keeper of the inn
Was happy to help and happy to chat
There was nothing left
But something so earthy
That grounded the child
in the dirt of the earth.
When I gaze on the story
Does it ask a question
Something of welcome
Something of wonder
When I gaze on the story
When I gaze on the world
When the future looks bleak
And folks are so weak
Will we welcome the stranger
Will we bow to the poor
Will we stand with weathered
And withered of life
Not for us but for them
Will we lose our mobile
Will we ditch the head phones
Will we raise our head
And walk with a smile
Will hope be found in the way that we walk
In the way that we look
In the way that we stand
Will our faces welcome
So I wonder will Christmas be present?

Printing and production of the images by trendy-art
Photos by Kat Timmins 


  1. Great Rob lots of good questions my answers would be 'maybe' to some, 'its up to us' for others and 'God will answer and make all things right in the end'

  2. Just a question that I have about Christmas. What does God think of it?

  3. Its a great question... i suppose a bit of it is about Christians taking hold of a pagan festival and marking in it in new way... what do think God thinks about that?

    Is it about what we do with the festival? how we use it... are we welcoming? At the weekend i saw a wreath on a door and it said welcome... i wonder what they would have done if i had knocked on the door??!!