Emmanuel

It was a cunning disguise.
 
You’d have won a fancy dress competition.
 
Who would have thought 
to look for God
in the womb of an unmarried teenager
in the barn belonging to a pub?
in a crying baby?
in poor people far from their simple home
hounded by bureaucracy?
in a child who would soon be ‘wanted’?
who would soon be a refugee?
 
Who would have thought to find God later
in an immigrant?
in a backward fishing village?
in a carpenter’s workshop?
 
Well yes – in his celebrity status
performing miracles and healings…..
I would expect to find God there….
 
but then
to find God
on a cross
alongside two thieves
and convicted of blasphemy?
 
Who would have thought
That God would be found now
Here, in you, in me.
 
Do you wince thinking ‘only on my better days?’
No friend, He is in you even now - 
This treasure likes to live in broken pots
That His glory may be seen through the cracks.
 
That His presence delights to be with me
Is a wonderful mystery born of love
 
God with us
Emmanual