Saturday, December 12, 2009

Advent Meditation

Day 14 – Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Scripture: Revelation 17:14; Luke 2:8

Infant holy, Infant lowly, For His bed a cattle stall,
Oxen lowing, Little knowing Christ the babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging, Angels singing, Noels ringing,
Tidings bringing; Christ the babe is Lord of all

Flocks were sleeping; Shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new.
Saw the glory, Heard the story, Tidings of a gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, Free from sorrow, Praises voice sing
Greet the morrow: Christ the babe was born for you.

This Polish carol centers on the humble beginnings of our Lord Jesus Christ, yet there is celebration in the air with the angels singing, bringing tidings that Christ the babe is Lord of all. It is a wonder that one who came in such a humble way would, in fact, be the Messiah!

Words to ponder: Had Jesus come with all the royal trappings of a king, would He have been harder or easier to accept? What can we learn from Jesus’ humility?

We have just returned from the living nativity drama at the Presbyterian church here. Tommy is the producer/writer/director, Jacob plays Joseph, Drew is the boy Jesus the kings visit and Sarah is an angel. It was warmer than last night, but still cold. Several questioned the advisability of my being outside with my cough, and it did start raining before it was quite over, but we're all snug and warm now. I'm so glad we went. All mamas and grandmamas want to support their offspring.

I heard the message of hope, the message of peace, and the message of joy throughout the drama, but I wondered just how hopeful, how peaceful and how joyful they must have been when the angel first brought the news of Mary's pregnancy. They had to have been astonished at the news, even afraid, but God brought peace. Joy came with Jesus' birth and today joy comes when He is born in us.

Pastor Margaret


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