a pregnant pause

[a teaser for worship in Benalla next weekend, heading into advent… the theme is ‘a pregnant pause’]

we are tempted to think
that this is out of character for you

a momentary fragility
[showing your tender side]

that once the christmas carols are finished
and the decorations are put away,
you’ll get back to power and might.

but in your completeness –
this one chance we get to see flesh and bone
put onto the theory –
this is you:
impossibly vulnerable
and at the mercy of human response.

so, god,
are you holding your breath too
in this pregnant moment;
waiting to see if we will answer
to the fragile question
of divine love,
if – because – this is all
you can do.