The small child of Bethlehem,
the unknown young man of Nazareth,
the rejected preacher,
the naked man on the cross,
he asks for my full attention.
The work of our salvation
takes place in the midst of a world
that continues to shout,
and overwhelm us with its claims and promises.
But the promise is hidden in the shoot that sprouts from the stump,
a shoot that hardly anyone notices