Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mystery In The Manger

Christmas Joy is never-ending
When humble hearts receive
The gift of cradle and the cross
The moment they believe

The Mystery in the manger
Was truly God made known
The eternal gift of heaven
Through the cross of Christ alone

©  Julie Jablonski

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. . .an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife,
because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will give birth to a son,
and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”

- Matthew 1:20-21

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mary's Son

Silent snow so gently falling
Peace within my spirit calling
Remembrance of a winter night
So long ago, star shining bright

Leading to a manger low
Winds of change began to blow
In heavenly peace, an infant sleeping
Adoring mother, softly weeping

Holding close the Holy Child
Blessed Savior, meek and mild
One day her heart will ponder why
For her sins too, her Son must die

Songs of angels fill the night
Lifting up their praise in flight
Holy, Holy is God of Heaven!
Unto man His Son is given!

Truth that echoes through the years
Transforming hearts, calming fears
Mary's Son, born to be
The Sacrifice to set us free
 ©  Julie Jablonski

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, 
keeping watch over their flock by night. 
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, 
and the glory of the Lord shone around them, 
and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angel said to them, 
“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings 
of great joy which will be to all people. 
For there is born to you this day in the city of David 
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 
And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe 
wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel 
a multitude of the heavenly host 
praising God and saying:

 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, 
that the shepherds said to one another, 
“Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, 
which the Lord has made known to us.” 
And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, 
and the Babe lying in a manger. 
Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known 
the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 
And all those who heard it marveled 
at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 
But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
 - Luke 2:8-19

Sunday, December 6, 2015

His Arriving

Christmas is a time that always finds ways to inspire me. 

Often that inspiration comes from witnessing more peace, more love, a little more goodwill toward men in the days of December, and the repeating sound of joy all around us as we walk through the weeks of Advent.

There’s a whisper that comes on the wind gently reminding, “He’s coming.” 

A whisper, that brings a thrill of hope to me and to so many in this tired and weary world.

The hope, joy, and songs of the season can cause many thoughts to whirl around in my heart and mind and sometimes I just feel the need to release them – to piece them together in a way that gives at least a glimpse of the wonder that was stirring deep inside.

Quite a few years ago, I began to think deeply about these words from a favorite Christmas hymn…

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King.

Let every heart prepare Him room,
and heaven and nature sing."

Can you imagine the wonder of it? Of the earth that God created, receiving her King once again with joy, and then all of heaven and nature singing and rejoicing along with her?  

The thought of it just makes my heart beat a bit faster and sends so many pictures tingling through my mind.

God is such a beautiful mystery! 

The unexpected wonder of Him becoming small, coming to live with us, so that He could die for us, to rise again, and then live within us? 

That is jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, amazing truth, that will for all ages cause men, including me, to fall down on their knees to worship Him and to continue to sing all about the “wonders of His love.” 

There are so many of these wonders we love to sing about at Christmastime and it was the words of the song “Joy to the World”, that were the inspiration for this poem:

With His glorious arriving
On the first Christmas night
The earth must have been glowing
Renewed by His Light

And radiantly beaming
Through the dark midnight mist
So long she’d been waiting
For her face to be kissed

With the light of His Love
As again God came down
Not to Garden of Eden
But to a small town

On this night like no other
She welcomed her King
Every mountain and valley
Lifting voices to sing

Their praises to God
The Almighty Creator
The Light of the World
And the One who had made her

With a joy bursting forth
From the rocks and the trees
And sweet music from heaven
Carried soft in a breeze

Oh so gently – she held Him
As only earth can
So amazed by her God
Who had made Himself man

Coming to save
Men He’d made from her dust
The Savior and King
God with us

©  Julie Jablonski 
Joy to the world ~ the Lord has come!
Immanuel ~ God with us!

I’ve written many poems relating to Christmas over the years and I'm hoping to share one here each week during this season of Advent.

If you missed the new short poem I posted last week, you can click here to read: 

This week’s post is also part of a monthly blog circle
"Circle of Faith in Words and Image" 
I've had so much fun linking up with this wonderful group of friends and you may have guessed that our theme this month is Christmas. :)

For more Christmas wonder please visit their pages too:

Patricia at:  Pollywog Creek
Marty at: What Marty Sees

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Love Child

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      Starlight ~
      On a silent night
      Piercing the dark
      Lighting a path
      To where wonder lies
      Heart-beating love, love, love
      For God so loved
      That He gave
      Wrapped Himself
      Small enough
      To be held
      To behold 
      His glory
      In the face. . .
      Of a child.              

            © 2015 Julie Jablonski 

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For God so loved the world that he gave
His one and only son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.
 - John 3:16

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
 - John 1:14

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