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. :)
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