A Muted Christmas? No Way! 2001
The Angel said,
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you
Good News of Great Joy for All People.” (Luke 2:10)
In the news it said we celebrated a muted Christmas this year. Let’s protest the cloud of war it was under. I will not be mute. Let the nations conspire. They will detect
a distinct light the quickest
when the darkness is thickest
for the darker the night
the more clear the light –
That’s why the valley of the shadow of violence cannot overcome it.
We shall yet beat our swords into plowshares,
our spears into pruning hooks.
Make cluster-bombs and bunker-busters into scrap metal
and let mercy rain down from heaven not terror.
Build new cities for returning refugees
turn aircraft carriers into floating hospitals
for the aids-stricken, their widows and orphans.
Send missiles filled with medicines.
Diffuse, dig out, discard every land mine and
in their holes
plant trees of life and healing.
The little Christ-child shall lead us,
and we shall learn war no more
on all God’s holy mountain.
For Christ Jesus, wonderful counselor,
mighty God, everlasting Father is
Prince of Peace.
This Lamb shall lead us
into an earth
full of the knowledge of the Lord
into the joy of the gentle reign.
For I know whom I believed and am persuaded that
the zeal of the Lord of Hosts
what the prophets promised
on that day.
December 28th 2001