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A letter for January from Bishop Martin

And God held in his hand
A small globe. Look, he said.
The son looked. Far off,
As through water, he saw
A scorched land of fierce
Colour. The light burned
There; crusted buildings
Cast their shadows; a bright
Serpent, a river
Uncoiled itself, radiant
With slime.
On a bare
Hill a bare tree saddened
The sky. Many people
Held out their thin arms
To it, as though waiting
For a vanished April
To return to its crossed
Boughs. The son watched
Them. Let me go there, he said.

The Coming by RS Thomas 1913-2000

I love this poem by the Welsh poet and priest RS Thomas. It speaks of the coming of Christ that we have been celebrating in this Christmas season. But it speaks too of the suffering of our world, the hunger of so many people, the pillage of the earth itself. It speaks of crucifixion. Jesus dos not turn away: ‘Let me go there’, he said.

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