Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Coverdale: The blessed son of God only

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
    Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
    —Psalm 85:10 (NIV)
The blessed son of God only
In a crib full poor did lie;
With our poor flesh and our poor blood
Was clothed that everlasting good

The Lord Christ Jesu, God’s son dear,
Was a guest and a stranger here;
Us for to bring from misery,
That we might live eternally.

All this did he for us freely,
For to declare his great mercy;
All Christendom be merry therefore,
And give him thanks for evermore.
    ... Miles Coverdale (ca.1488-1568), Ancient English Christmas Carols, 1400-1700, Edith Rickert, New York: Duffield & Co., 1915, p. 192-193 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 85:10; Matt. 8:20; Luke 2:6-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Thank You, Lord, for coming to us.

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