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An Integral Christmas Greeting

A Christmas greeting from the Integral Secretariat …


Integral is currently responding to Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. These countries are experiencing the ‘triple impact’ effect of the hurricanes, COVID-19 and a pre-existing humanitarian crisis. In an already very challenging context, there is now widespread devastation to livelihoods and crops coupled with a chronic lack of funding. This photograph was taken by Nath Fauveau from Medair in Honduras.

Credits: Poem© Sarah Larkin; Image © Nath Fauveau, Medair

We are struck dumb by sudden onset tragedy
Whether a plague, tsunami, hurricane or typhoon
Bone-shattering earthquakes
Or the cruel war-torn displacement of hearth and home

And then there’s the slow onset, long drawn-out kind
That mounts the wings of poverty, hunger, exploitation
And bears so many away to unimaginable borders

Today we look out at our world

Today we are still here
Speaking softly
Asking for the strength of recovery

Today a man was released from his isolated chamber
He said it was the deepest of valleys
Today he went home

And today we remember a baby born in the cool outside air
Who was soon to need refuge
Who had to flee with his family a murderous world-ruler
The boy who would return to his people
And grow in wisdom and stature into the man
Who became a carver of wood

A teacher, a healer, a miracle-worker
A sign of hope to the hopeless
A shepherd to the lost

Today we are here still
Ready to welcome him

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1: 4-5

Wishing you a Christmas season filled with the light of Christ, from the Integral Secretariat: Fiona, Jan, Sarah, Amy & Cressida