Here are two wonderful Christmas poems by our friend Jeremy Williams, ideal for Christmas Day, carol services and other events anticipating Jesus' birth. The first, "Earthed", describes the celebration required at the coming Messiah. It ends with a great twist, drawing our attention back to this tiny child.

The second poem, "Safely Delivered", focuses on the person of Jesus, his eternal qualities and also his life and ministry on earth. We'd like to thank Jeremy for allowing us to share these with you.


"Earthed":

Ring a bell,
call a parade,
get this on the evening news.

Let everything on earth,
and beneath the earth and above it,
and everything in the sea too,
from the oak to the octopus,
bees, bears, birds, buffalo, bacteria,
and human beings,
take notice.

We have an announcement.
The waiting is over.
The gap is breached.

Tell the lame they will dance
and the blind they will see rainbows.
Tell the oppressed they will be free
and the poor they will be rich.
Tell the meek their earth is ready.

Tell darkness its days are numbered
and its minions to flee,
tell the warmongers
that peace will overtake them
and cover their battletanks in dust.

Let the wind shake the forest,
and ripple praise across the grasslands.
Let the mountaintops sparkle with joy.
Your God is for you; your God is with you,
Let all creation sing his welcome.

But whisper it,
the baby is sleeping.

 

"Safely Delivered":

Lord of creation,
architect of stars,
Captain of angels,
and son of God most high.

A promise, a prophet,
miracle man, Messiah,
King of Kings,
and Prince of Peace.

Carpenter. Winemaker.
healer, hillside caterer.
Teacher, preacher,
stiller of storms and footwasher general.

Heretic, lunatic,
blasphemer,
political schemer,
rabble rouser, rebel,
criminal, martyr.

Escape artist,
jailbreaker, earth-shaker,
destroyer of death 
and firstborn of the truly alive.

The hopes and fears
of all the years -

All wrapped up,
seven pounds three ounces
in Mary’s arms,
safely delivered.
 

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