Cheer and Fear

It’s long been my practice to write a new poem for each Advent season.  With the experiences of 2021 still fresh in all of our minds, here’s my effort for this year:

In days of cheer and days of fear

The Lord is always ever near.

And so when time its fullness came,

One arrived to bear the Name.

So sacred it could not be spoken

By those whose lives the Law had broken.

For sin had cast its awful spell

But then came God to make us well.

He stepped into the world He made,

And in a manger He was laid,

The Word Made Flesh, Incarnate Love

Sent from the Godhead up above.

To bring us joy, increase our peace,

Till all our strivings one day cease,

And fears without, within, may pass

As we look on His face at last.

For long ago a child was born

Upon that blessed Christmas morn,

He came to earth with us to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel.

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17 Responses to Cheer and Fear

  1. pastorheidimcginness says:

    Thank you dear brother.

    Rev. Heidi McGinness


  2. Caroline L Bryant says:

    Thank you, Chap. Merry Christmas to you & family.

  3. Carol Cobb says:

    Beautiful – our sermon this am. “Emmanuel. ”

    Sent from my iPhone



  4. Don Henderson says:

    Excellent verse for this Christmas Season with with many experiencing tragedies in our country and the world. The Lord provides hope for the future and requests our participation to assure a better future for all.

  5. Edward Monto says:

    Merry Christmas to you and Julie, dear friend!

  6. Larry Wilson says:

    Thank you so much Chap, this is prefect

    Larry Wilson

  7. Nancy E Schulz says:

    Love it! Thanks, Chap. So sorry we missed you when we were there bagging cookies. Hope y’all enjoyed the movie! Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁

  8. Becky Monto says:

    Beautiful! Have a very happy Christmas.
    Many blessings to all in your family.
    Becky M

  9. Beautiful! Thank you, and Merry and blessed Christmas, pastor. Frank


  10. Larry Harman says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts through this poem….h

  11. Gerald William Vaughan says:

    Well done Pastor Chap – Merry Christmas to you and ALL the ones you love!!!

  12. Maggie Dickson. says:

    Lovely, and so needed this Christmas. Thank you, and blessed Christmastide go tu oh and yours.

  13. Lynne Blunck says:

    Thanks for the meaningful poem, It warmed my heart. Blessings to you and Julie and family this Christmas and always.

  14. Colin D McLeod says:

    tis cheer indeed
    to hear this deed
    which you speak
    with words no small feat
    bless you brother
    our Christ called skipper

  15. Kathryn Behrend says:

    Beautiful 😇 Thankyou for sharing.

  16. Diane Feimster Rhodes says:

    Beautiful, Chap. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year to you and Julie.


  17. Julia Sweny says:

    Shalom and blessings to you dear friend!

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