Joy to the world

O Christ, you came to a fouled stable,
And declared that no place was too coarse or too vulgar.

O Christ, you came as a baby,
And declared that no one was too insignificant.

You received shepherds, straight from the fields,
And you declared that all were welcome—there are no outcasts.

You received kings, the ones who came humbly, seeking,
But ignored the proud and the self important.

All heaven declared your glory, but not many noticed.
You don’t force our faith; you work quietly, one heart at a time.

We come to celebrate your birth into our dark world today.
We are vulgar, insignificant, outcast;
We bring our pain, and lay aside our self importance;
We join with the angels and celebrate the baby, who is Christ the Lord.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heav’n and nature sing.


Filed under Meditation & Prayer, Prayers and Meditations

4 responses to “Joy to the world

  1. Anna

    Beautiful. Thank you. God seems to be doing a new work in me this year that is inspiring while humbling. Therefore, this part of your writing spoke to me, “We join with the angels and celebrate the baby, who is Christ the Lord.” I was honored and privileged to have an angel revealed to me during our church’s Christmas celebration of Christ’s birth this season. His hands were folded in prayer as he praised Christ’s birth with us. I feel it was shown to me that the angels do, indeed, celebrate His birth with us.


  2. Thanks sis Caddo. A word for us all, I fear.
    Hope you are truly blessed at this time. I’m trying to comment on your “3 Acrostic Tankas”, in order to reserve some of that fudge, but somehow it doesn’t want to go through. Much love.


  3. Caddo Veil

    This is so lovely–I especially love the phrase “one heart at a time”. It sounds so unhurried, in contrast to my typical impatience–very lovely and moving. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and a blessed New Year! love, sis Caddo


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