Unto Us

(For many years it has been my custom to write a poem each Christmas, recognizing that the awesome wonder of the Incarnation is as much an emotion to be absorbed as it is a truth to be embraced.  As published in our weekly worship guide for December 23, here is this year’s version.)

Amidst the cries of clan and creeds,

of visions lost within the weeds,

and warring words and dueling deeds,

     The Prince of Peace was born.

While all the world was trapped in night,

And wrong seemed stronger than the right,

There came a bright and heavenly light,

     That blessed Christmas morn.

To shepherds as they watched their sheep,

Their nightly vigil thus to keep,

A voice proclaimed both loud and deep:

     “Go worship Him adorned.”

The found Him in a manger bare,

For better quarters none could spare,

Still, with His mother’s loving care,

     The swaddling cloths were worn.

Surrounded by both man and beast,

And soon those wise men from the east,

A witness both to great and least,

     Just as it was foresworn.

And though the years have now gone by,

And some still question what and why,

This truth will never fade or die:

     That child to us was born.


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8 Responses to Unto Us

  1. Ed Monto says:

    Thank you for sharing and creating. Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year to you and all the Temples. Best, Becky and Ed

  2. I like the poem, but are you sure about your use of the word “foresworn” in line 20? As the past participle of foreswear, it generally has the meaning of having renounced something or broken an oath by lying. I can’t come up with a reading of the line that makes sense with that meaning.

  3. Elizabeth Lobdell says:

    Lovely, Pastor Chap! Thank you for sharing your talent! Liz


  4. Kim says:

    Thanks for sharing! Enjoyed the poem, Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Kim Eby

  5. Lynne Blunck says:

    As I was reading this beautiful poem, the tune of Alleluia seemed to fit it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Gail McClendon says:

    Absolutely lovely poem. You have such a gift with words! Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you and all your family. Safe travels for those coming to you and Julie.

  7. It is beautiful. Thank you. Merry Christmas!

  8. Melissa Garza says:

    Merry Christmas, Chap!

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