Daily Worship

A fistful of straw

James Cathcart December 07, 2023 2 3
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Philippians 2: 5-11 (NRSVA)

5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

who, though he was in the form of God,
    did not regard equality with God
    as something to be exploited,

but emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,

    he humbled himself
    and became obedient to the point of death—
    even death on a cross.

Therefore God also highly exalted him
    and gave him the name
    that is above every name,


so that at the name of Jesus
    every knee should bend,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,


and every tongue should confess
    that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

A fistful of straw

was all it took to hold you.


A fistful of straw

a fistful of water

a fistful of flour

a fistful of grapes

a fistful of nails

a fistful of grace.


It took everything and almost nothing.


Just a wee bed of straw

holding humanity

holding humanity’s hope.





You were born in human likeness

you were found in human form

reliant on human heat

human hands

human words

human milk

human breath.

Lift us up Lord

to the hope you have given us.