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The Blessed Event by Robert Allen

The Blessed Event

There was no

long-awaited-blessed-event

That first Christmas.

Long-awaited-blessed-events

rarely, if ever, happen.

Though they do in the rarified worlds of

radio,

or of television,

in the cinema

or even in politics

where the long-awaited-blessed-event

is likely to turn out as an oversold commercial

or a political campaign

with a barb in it, boding no good

to the ones who swallow the bait,

or, more to the point, to the unfortunates

who are naïve enough to really believe

all the hype.

 

Long-awaited-blessed-events

among humans are great to anticipate

Remember "The Lord of the Rings"

"Lord of the Dance"

or even "The Greatest Show on Earth".

There are many others

touted as life-changing, but

they have been lost to memory

an unimportant footnote on human history.

 

Then what of Christmas?

What anticipation do we remember?

What a fever of waiting which resolved into

scattered wrappings

stumbling sleepily over the newly acquitted

possessions (mostly plastic)

Mothers puzzling over the latest gizmo for the kitchen

(no home should be without one!)

and far too many sweets.

Then after putting the diet back for six months

airing thoughts that should have been left out of the air

the obligatory Christmas passes

for another year

in which we all plan to do better

and get on with the real business of living.

 

The events which really change lives

are rarely anticipated

but seen looking back in after years

with a wonder of recognition

nobody expected the advent

the birth of a peasant child

to be REALLY IMPORTANT.

So nobody was waiting for it, only for other things

but after his death

(which was not a long-awaited-blessed-event either).

 

Then, how many other, important

or creative people

received no critical acclaim until after death

when fawning biographers

mealymouthing platitudes

blaze the names abroad;

(whom in life they would have scorned to know).

The peasant child meanwhile

changed many lives

some to joy and freedom,

others he challenged to the point of destruction

(which was why he had to go).

This Christ was mostly ignored, from his birth to his death

discarded as of no value

scorned as one with no breeding

passed over as unimportant

or irrelevant to the times in which he lived.

Rev Robert Allen, first published for Lead Worship AIM Publications

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