Uncle Pastor Ray Minniecon reflects on the celebration, welcome, Joy and Hope we have in the coming of the Light of the World.
On the twenty-second day of Advent 2022, performance poet and advocate Stevie Wills reflects on the joy and peace proclaimed in the songs of angels.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Stevie Wills has adapted and performed her poem, 'Shalom', for today's Advent devotional, reflecting on the Greek word ‘shalom’, peace, that is proclaimed in Luke 2:8-20.
Watch and reflect on Stevie's powerful performance of her poem 'Shalom' below.
To explore more of Stevie's poetry please visit www.steviewills.com.au. You can also read and reflect on the words of Stevie's original 'Shalom' poem here.
Stevie Wills is a performance poet, speaker and writer. She advocates for the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities. Stevie is the Community Education Officer for CBM Australia and has travelled to South Africa and Zambia, visiting projects supported by CBM to end the cycle of poverty and disability. Having cerebral palsy, Stevie advocates for assistance that is respectful and empowering.