By Faith, a Christmas reflection — Bronwyn Angela White, New Zealand

By faith, Mary let go of fear, and engendered
a mothering God.
This faith may lead us through labyrinths of
doubt, laughing hysterically, shouting in protest,
lurching in denial, finally making it to our
foundation, our place in the world, our home.

By faith, Joseph took comfort from a dream,
embracing complex, reconstituted, extended family
This faith might reshape our preconceptions,
birthing new ways of being inclusive, hospitable,
connected family.

By faith, wise ones followed the path of a new star
to a strange land, to an undistinguished stable.
This faith might sometimes lead us down unpaved
tracks, with people we don’t recognise, to
destinations we didn’t plan.

Faith is the opposite of belief:
a bright-side-up coin whose shadow-side is hope.
Faith is relationship and way of life:
caring for orphans and widows, casting out
demons of self-doubt and despair, and
occasionally raising the dead.

This is our faith:
Living as if we matter.
Living with uncertainty yet acting with
confidence, walking the star-led spiral to the heart
of everything:
God in us, now – and here.

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