Tuesday, 9 December 2014

In the wilderness

Luke 1:80
The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

In the wilderness
John the Baptist
Cousin of Jesus
who leapt in the womb
when Mary came to visit Elizabeth
In the wilderness
Until the time was right
to prepare the way
for the son of God
In the wilderness
preparing for the task that was his
to call folk to repentance
And all the while growing 
strong in spirit
Strong enough to play his part
as the herald 
of the one who was to come
Strong enough
to play second fiddle
to God's chosen Messiah
Perhaps the hardest task of all
is to stay out of sight
preparing for one
whose Advent dawns
In the wilderness
Growing strong in Spirit
Preparing to welcome 
God among us.

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