December 7, 2021

The Silent Word Is Pleading

It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
Jeremiah 10:12
What child is this who, laid to rest
on Mary’s lap is sleeping—
whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
haste, haste, to bring him laud,
the Babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies he in such mean estate,
where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
the silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
the cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
the Babe, the son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold and myrrh,
come peasant, king to own him;
the King of kings salvation brings,
let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise a song on high,
the virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
the Babe, the Son of Mary.

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
 Hebrews 11:3
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Help me, O God, to see in the birth of Jesus your loving presence in the world you created and your continued love for humankind.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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