Monday, December 24, 2007

Isaiah Knew

Merry Christmas to all

Here is something I wrote in 1990. It goes to the tune of "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

Isaiah Knew

“God with us, Emanuel” the prophecy proclaimed.
“The Prince of Peace, the Mighty One,” before His birth was named.
Sent by God but born of flesh, man’s sins to bear away,
Jesus Christ of Nazareth was born on Christmas Day.

Our Christmas is so different now, our world so darkly changed:
We buy our gifts and mail our cards and act like folks deranged
By greed and guilt, false charity, ability to pay…
Though Christ the King erased all that by being born today.

In spite of God’s fantastic gift of everlasting life
We complicate our time on Earth with self-inflicted strife.
As fallen man has always done we balk like mules, and bray
“God has no relevance for me on this, or any, day.”

A steadfast group of faithful souls sees a different, hope-filled truth:
A loving, caring, serving life; a God who’s not aloof;
Salvation born of faith, not deeds, yet deeds which clearly say
“Our Christ, Our King, Our Pow’rful Lord was born this Christmas Day!”

Ignore for now your catalogues, your turkeys and your plans.
Set aside that festive trim, make way for the Son of Man!
The Holy Spirit works through you; let neighbors hear you say
“For me, the greatest gift of all was born on Christmas Day.”

So stand up now, stand up and claim new life in Jesus Christ!
Then take your faith and give it feet! Go out into the night
Of other people’s worldly cares, and share with them, and pray
That Jesus Christ of Nazareth might fill their hearts this day.

“God with us, Emanuel,” the prophecy proclaimed,
“The Prince of Peace, the Mighty One,” before His birth was named.
Sent by God but born of flesh, our sins he bears away; Jesus Christ of Nazareth was born on Christmas Day.

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