Waiting for a birth; or death.
Consciousness of people making
The transition - in or out of this
Transitory life. And in the waiting
Receiving ‘waiting’ as a gift;
A privilege of space,
Wondering where the Christ child will appear.

As revelation in the candle flame?
Within the manger of the advent crown?
Among the shadows on the altar wall?
In the silence and the wonder of the
Gifts of wait, the space increases
Gradually. Without excitement.
Until I find that I am born in Him.

Ann R Parker
© St Peter's Church, Nottingham
Last revised 2nd December 2000