Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Tonight we were asked to reflect on the Word Made Flesh, one of the phrases used to describe Jesus in the Gospel of John.
The hut was dressed in red satin drapes and ribbons representing the womb and reminding us of the human reality of God become man in Jesus.
Each of the thirty ribbons that hung in the hut had 'the word made flesh' written on them in a different language, for this is a message for all.
One person who came to the hut immediately saw these words in her own native language and was touched at how this made her feel that she belonged.
Alongside this beautiful visual we were treated to an occasional reading of a poem by Malcolm Guite called O Emmanuel.
O come, O come, and be our God-with-us
O long-sought With-ness for a world without,
O secret seed, O hidden spring of light.
Come to us Wisdom, come unspoken Name
Come Root, and Key, and King, and holy Flame,
O quickened little wick so tightly curled,
Be folded with us into time and place,
Unfold for us the mystery of grace
And make a womb of all this wounded world.
O heart of heaven beating in the earth,
O tiny hope within our hopelessness
Come to be born, to bear us to our birth,
To touch a dying world with new-made hands
And make these rags of time our swaddling bands.
LouLou Morris was the artist on behalf of Chichester Cathedral in collaboration with Marguerite Saffery using the hut belonging to Anthony Bradley.
Our next hut is number 227 beside The View on Hove seafront.