Anglican Mothers Union Australia Sunday 17 February 2019 Safe Shelter
Heaven’s arches rang when the angels sang, Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth, And in great humility.
O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.
The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
In the shade of the forest tree;
But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
In the deserts of Galilee. AHB 206 Thou didst leave thy throne
This wonderful Christmas hymn has fallen out of favour with modern editors but it has a salutary and thoroughly gospel understanding of the Christ Child’s birth and the irony of the Saviour of the World having no safe shelter. Try saying/singing SOD and GOD: it thunders out as the greatest of indignities should. Good King Wenceslas, Saint Margaret of Scotland and all our Christian forebears who loved the poor did so because they know Matthew 28. Let us do all in our power to provide safe shelter to those in peril and poverty.
For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
the song of the ruthless was stilled. Isaiah 25: 4–5
The tragedy of conflict means that 10 of 25 in DR Congo are now directly experiencing armed conflict. This has resulted in displacement at a level not seen since the early 2000s. Give thanks for the work of Rev’d Rosalie who has inspired her members to rebuild and work together in love and unity under the shelter of God’s loving presence.