Tuesday, December 25, 2018

MacDonald: this one glad day

Tuesday, December 25, 2018
    When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
    So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
    —Luke 2:15-18 (NIV)
Thou hast not made, or taught me, Lord, to care
For times and seasons—but this one glad day
Is the blue sapphire clasping all the lights
That flash in the girdle of the year so fair—
When thou wast born a man, because alway
Thou wast and art a man through all the flights
Of thought, and time, and thousandfold creation’s play.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Diary of an Old Soul, London: by the author, 1880, p. 261 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:15-18; Ps. 2:7; Matt. 1:23; Luke 2:33; 24:36-43; 1 John 4:2-3; 5:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are with us!
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