Sunday, December 24, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge: I saw a stable

Sunday, December 24, 2017
    Advent IV
    Christmas Eve
    Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
    —Luke 2:34-35 (NIV)
I saw a stable, low and very bare,
    A little child in a manger.
The oxen knew Him, had Him in their care,
    To men He was a stranger,
The safety of the world was lying there,
    And the world’s danger.
    ... Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861-1907), Poems, London: Elkin Mathews, 1908, p. 83 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:34-35; Isa. 9:7; Luke 2:6-7,11; 1 Tim. 4:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have come to set all things right.
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