Consider how your congregation walks with the indigenous peoples in our land — preaching? prayers? offering? advocacy? I wrote the song “In this moon of wintertime” out of the juxtaposition of the news of Attawapiskat and rehearsing the carol “Twas in the moon of wintertime.” In this song, the singing of “Gloria” is not only an affirmation of the way of Love, it is a practice that imagines the fullness of God’s time where healing and wholeness have already occurred. This song became part of our Inshallah Christmas Carol sing. I offer it to you as a way to stir us all to pray and to live more consciously in a healthy relationship with indigenous peoples of this land.
In this moon of wintertime
In this moon of wintertime when chaos reigns supreme,
Economies and policies suppressing holy dreams
Of peace on earth, good will to all,
O God of promise, hear our call:
The peoples of this land called home are hurting in the North
For food and shelter, let alone the chance to bring forth
Their ways of making peace on earth,
With them we wait for Jesus’ birth:
For Jesus’ birth in flesh and blood brings hope and joy and peace.
We long to bring the wholeness that this birth, in fact, completes.
O God of now-and-not-yet time,
Stir us to act and be a sign of
Go to www.kairoscanada.org for information on political action and emergency relief for Indigenous peoples in Canada.
debbie lou ludolph, December 13, 2011