Care of a child

If I were alone in a desertRev. Stevens flipped
and feeling afraid,
I would want a child to be with me.
For then my fear would disappear
and I would be made strong.
This is what life in itself can do
because it is so noble, so full of pleasure
and so powerful.
-Meister Eckhart
 
As we await the birth of the infant Christ is our midst again this year, I am held by Meister Eckhart’s beautiful words. There is power in the charge to care for a child. There is purpose and strength that stands in front of fear. Sacrifices are made, assurances are offered, and caregivers forget their own needs while offering care for a vulnerable little one in their arms. There is power in the charge to care for a child.
 
What an important lesson God gives us each Advent and Christmas, teaching us that the way to God is through the care of a child. Strength is summoned, another’s needs are primary, and webs of relationships are the best way for individuals to succeed. And, we are at the same time reminded that we are also, still yet, just children ourselves in the heart of God. We are called to care for others and be cared for ourselves, each and all of us as children of God’s.
 
Your heart goes out
to insignificant and little things,
to children, to the poor-
these are your kingdom.
For you became yourself
defenseless and humble,
resembling a human word,
a piece of bread, a name
that has to die.
We ask you then,
let us resemble you,
let us imperfect as we are,
become your children,
your own beloved…
-Huub Oosterhuis
 
Blessings for the Journey,
Brigit Stevens, Associate Conference Minister
Iowa Conference UCC

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