The gospel of Luke begins “Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account…I too decided to write an orderly account.” As I prepared our Advent Bible study, focusing on the personalities that appear in the first chapter, reflections of God’s orderly account appeared in a vision, not of ethereal quality, but of material quality. How appropriate that as we approach the celebration of incarnation that the vision of God’s orderly account appears in a vision of the world I saw with my eyes, walked upon with my feet and touched with my fingers.
Thousands of them shimmering
Pieces of gold illuminating the space in which they hang
From gray limbs and branches, brighter now as silver for the reflection of the golden glow.
Thousands of gold leaf pieces, perfectly shaped
Petaled on the ground, carpeting the trail
Walking on light, the golden radiance lifting
the countenance of my despair and disquiet
To contented stillness
Perfect order of chaotic placement
This is the orderly account
Of God’s chaotic created order
Set down in seasons of gold and orange
Barren and gray
Green and growing.