Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Bleak Mid-Winter?

In the middle of winter

We celebrate a new life,

This harsh season can’t deter;

Though doubt and unbelief are rife;

The worship we would confer

On the babe who ends our strife,

The Messiah Prince of peace.

Son of God, the arborist

Who has planted many an oak;

All who don’t salvation resist

Become, through grace, His kinfolk

Who do His spirit’s help enlist,

To be called ‘the righteousness oaks’,

So His kingdom shall not cease.

Though he looks upon the lowly

He does not despise their plight,

He restores them to be holy

And to be righteous in His sight,

He would not have us left lonely

If our hearts show we’re contrite;

He’s won our souls’ release.

We celebrate this season

The birth of the Holy babe,

Salvation was the reason

He lived that mankind be saved,

Redemption plan’s completion

Freeing those who sin enslaved

When man with God makes peace.

We celebrate God’s Kingdom come

The Messiah the beginning,

And pray that His will may be done

In our lives, His spirit brimming

In us, as promised by His Son,

So we, having turned back from sinning,

Know His peace does ever increase.

© Bramwell JP Tout 2017

Based on The Readings for Advent from the Revised Common Lectionary (year B): Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, Psalm 126, Luke 1:46b-55, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8, 19-28

Bramwell Tout 

Salvationist (Salvation Army church member)
Bristol, UK

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