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.