"Joy to the World ...."
Actors have that amazing ability to take a script, bring to it their imagination, craft and lived-learning, so transport us to experiences and encounters that we have not known ourselves, but which illuminate our understanding of what it is to be human in all its wonder and complexity, its triumphs and tragedies. Done well, such dramatic engagement cannot but leave both us and them changed.
Advent and Christmas give us the greatest of scripts, the most wonderful of settings, and invite us to explore, encounter and re-create Incarnation afresh - God with us - COVID notwithstanding.
The Setting: God’s determination to create and inspire a universe that beats to the love, justice, compassion and mercy which are his heartbeat; God’s faithfulness in sticking to Plan A, and to keep doing so however many times it might get derailed along the way; and, God’s willingness to risk his own self to enable us to be part of it’s fulfilment.
The Script comes in many parts. From ancient days to the present moment it continues to be written - God’s encounter with his creation - but the pivot point, the defining moment, is when God himself takes to the stage: the babe of Bethlehem; the refugee in Egypt, the child of Nazareth; the wandering rabbi of Galilee; the teacher; the preacher; the healer; the suffering servant crucified; the risen Lord; hope incarnate; the Word of God, Jesus God the Son, with us and for us.
The Players: In every generation we are called to take the stage, to be the Body of Christ, to make his love a lived reality, to bring hope to life in a broken world. Are you ready for casting?
God Bless & Happy Christmas,
Revd Stephen Cooper.