December 11, 2021

Christmas Wisdom


The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples.

Psalm 33:10
Who would think that what was needed to transform and save the earth 
might not be a plan or army, proud in purpose, proved in worth? 
Who would think. despite derision, that a child should lead the way? 
God surprises earth with heaven, coming here on Christmas Day.

Shepherds watch and wise men wonder; monarchs scorn and angels sing; 
such a place as none would reckon hosts a holy helpless thing. 
Stable beasts and bypassed strangers watch a baby laid in hay; 
God surprises earth with heaven, coming here on Christmas Day.

Centuries of skill and science span the past from which we move, 
yet experience questions whether, with such progress, we improve. 
While the human lot we ponder, lest our hopes and humor fray, 
God surprises earth with heaven, coming here on Christmas Day.
 John Bell & Graham Maule (1987)

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
 1 Corinthians 1:20
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
As I prepare for Christmas, O God of the ages, help me to set aside my own wisdom and trust in your amazing plan of salvation, so contrary to what was expected.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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