Saturday, December 23, 2017

Crashaw: Welcome!

Saturday, December 23, 2017
    But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
    —Luke 1:30-33 (NIV)
Welcome! all wonders in one sight!
    Eternity shut in a span!
Summer in winter, day in night!
    Heaven in earth, and God in man!
Great little One, whose all-embracing birth
    Lifts earth to heaven, stoops Heaven to earth!
    ... Richard Crashaw (1613-1649), from “A Hymn of the Nativity, sung by the Shepherds”, in The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, London: J. R. Smith, 1858, p. 40 (see the book)
    See also Luke 1:30-33; Isa. 7:14; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:5-7; Heb. 12:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Welcome into our hearts, Lord!
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