I have been wondering these days about voice and audience.
What is your voice? How do you capture the attention of your listeners? What purpose do you have for your writing? What sort of polemic or poem are you trying to convey?
Rheingold in Net Smart describes a number of different categories for blogging: filter, connector, critic, and advocate (121). These categories help to hone in on an audience.
Things that capture my attention are usually provocative, pushing the envelope, thinking outside the box, or leaning into a new perspective.
Last night, I heard a beautiful poem at the Augsburg College Advent Vespers service. We go every year, and each year is a mix of music, poetry, deep theology, connection, and pageantry.
This year, the choreographers used an Advent piece called Che Jesus (below). It speaks to the radical, incarnational Christ breakthrough through a voice that connects to the global heart of Christianity. May we find the epic promise of Advent and Jesus’ birth in our own lives again and again every year, every day, every moment.
The told me that you came back to be born every Christmas.
Man, you’re crazy!
…with the stubborn gesture of coming back every Christmas
you are trying to tell us something.
That the revolution that all proclaim begins first of all
in each one’s heart,
That it doesn’t mean only changing structures but changing
selfishness for love,
That we have to stop being wolves and return to being
brothers and sisters.
That we….begin to work seriously for
individual conversion and social change
that will give to all the possibility of having bread,
education, freedom, and dignity.
That you have a message called the Gospel,
And a Church, and that’s us –
A Church that wants to be servant of all,
A Church that knows that because God became human
there is no other way to love God but to love all people.
If that’s the way it is, Jesus, come to my house this Christmas,
Come to my country,
Come to the world of men and women.
And first of all, come to my heart.
—Anonymous, Cordoba, Argentina, at Christmas, 1970