Thursday, December 15, 2016

Studdert Kennedy: Come worship the King

Thursday, December 15, 2016
    And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
    —Luke 2:8-14 (KJV)
Come worship the King,
    That little dear thing,
Asleep on His Mother’s soft breast.
    Ye bright stars, bow down,
    Weave for Him a crown,
Christ Jesus by angels confessed.

Come, children, and peep,
    But hush ye, and creep
On tiptoe to where the Babe lies;
    Then whisper His Name
    And lo! like a flame
The glory light shines in His eyes.

Come strong men, and see
    This high mystery,
Tread firm where the shepherds have trod,
    And watch, ’mid the hair
    Of the Maiden so fair,
The five little fingers of God.

Come, old men and grey,
    The star leads the way,
It halts and your wanderings cease;
    Look down on His Face
    Then, filled with His Grace,
Depart ye, God’s servants, in Peace.
    ... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929)
    See also Luke 2:8-14; Matt. 2:9-11; Luke 2:6-7,15-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, your peace has come to earth.

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