Wednesday, December 21, 2022

MacDonald: Loving looks the large-eyed cow

Wednesday, December 21, 2022
    While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
    —Luke 2:6-7 (NIV)
Loving looks the large-eyed cow,
Loving stares the long-eared ass
At Heaven’s glory in the grass!
    Child, with added human birth
Come to bring the child of earth
Glad repentance, tearful mirth,
And a seat beside the hearth
At the Father’s knee—
Make us peaceful as thy cow;
Make us patient as thine ass;
Make us quiet as thou art now;
Make us strong as thou wilt be.
Make us always know and see
We are his as well as thou.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), The Poetical Works of George MacDonald, v. 2, London: Chatto & Windus, 1893, p. 191 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:6-12,16; 21:19; Eph. 4:1-2; Phil. 2:5-8; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 4:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I belong to You.
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