Daily Worship

Is enough, enough?

December 16, 2017 0

Luke 1:53

53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.

We take a moment with Christian Aid Scotland in the second of a weekly series through December.

As we pile our trolleys ever fuller with food, as we trade our ethical standards for a better deal, it’s easy to forget the radical nature of the nativity. The much anticipated Messiah would not be heralded by a great feast, but with tables turned upside down.

It might be worth pausing to consider how much we have this Christmas, rather than what’s missing from the list. And it might be that what we are parading as generosity is really a masquerade for our need to have more.

Take a minute to reconnect with your best God-given self and with your brothers and sisters across the world.

Do you really need more? Or is enough, enough? 

 

God of the Poor,

We long to meet you 

Yet almost miss you;

We strive to help you

Yet only discover our need.

Interrupt our comfort with your nakedness,

Touch our possessiveness 

With your poverty

And surprise our guilt

With the grace of your welcome

In Jesus Christ, Amen

(Janet Morley, from Shine on, Star of Bethlehem compiled by Geoffrey Duncan, 2014)