Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas and the undoing

Deep in an anthology of Christmas readings, a few lines of poetry entitled, “Christmas Bells” caught my attention— maybe because the title included the word bells.

Penned by John Keble, a nineteenth century chair of poetry at Oxford University, it seemed to capture the very essence of what Christmas means.

“Wake me tonight, my mother dear,
That I may hear
The Christmas Bells, so soft and clear,
To high and low glad tidings tell,
How God the Father loved us well;
How God the Eternal Son
Came to undo what we had done.”
It’s that last line that I keep going back to—Jesus “came to undo what we had done.”

Christmas is something to really celebrate.

For he has indeed, “loved us well.”
 Merry Christmas to you, dear friend.

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