With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.
That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn –
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.
When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn –
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.”
The Risk of Birth, Christmas, 1973, by Madeleine L’Engle
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5 Matthew 24: 36-44
Contemporary Reading: How the Light Comes by Jan Richardson