Al McKay (PHS chaplain) described the “Blue Christmas” services that he leads at Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels in which people can turn over to the Creator the tensions and burdens they carry in this season as a result of losses and feelings of isolation. Our lives can be (and even smell) messy, like the first Christmas must have been – not the happiest time of year! He read two poems by the late Bud Osborn, a Downtown Eastside poet, opening our eyes to seeing God in the faces of streetwalkers and binners. Institutions tend to value the lives of the successful, while in the upside-down Kingdom, every life is important. Are we open to seeing Jesus in unfamiliar yet authentic places? [KH]
NOTE: you can read the transcript of Krista Tippett’s interview with Pádraig Ó Tuama (whom Al quoted from) in her On Being podcast interview from March 2, 2017.