Weekend Wisdom: George MacDonald Christmas Poem

This Christmas season I am searching for Christmas poems to post on Sundays. George MacDonald’s poem is in a book a friend bought me shortly after the founding of JoyReturns. The book is A Sacrifice of Praise, Second Edition, An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century.; Edited by James H. Trott, Forward by Larry Woiwode.

Enjoy Mr. MacDonald’s poem and have a blessed day.

A Christmas Carol

Babe Jesus lay in Mary’s lap,

The sun shone in his hair;

And this was how she saw, mayhap,

The crown already there.

For she sang: “Sleep on, my little king;

Bad Herod dares not come;

Before thee sleeping, holy thing,

The wild winds would be dumb.”

“I kiss thy hands, I kiss thy feet,

My child, so long desired;

Thy hands will never be soiled, my sweet;

Thy feet will never be tired.”

“For thou art the king of men, my son;

Thy crown I see it plain!

And men shall worship thee, every one,

And cry, Glory! Amen!”

Babe Jesus he opened his eyes wide-

At Mary looked her lord.

Mother Mary stinted her song and sighed;

Babe Jesus said never a word.

George MacDonald; A Sacrifice of Praise, Second Edition, An Anthology of Christian Poetry in English from Caedmon to the Mid-Twentieth Century.; Edited by James H. Trott, Forward by Larry Woiwode

Graphic: Christmas Farmhouse downloaded from Creative Market’s website.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Weekend Wisdom: And Behold

Love this quote.

May you behold this season’s beauty and softness every day.

Jeremiah Bullfrog and Family

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

Ending The Day With Luke

For my advent devotional this year, I wanted something different. Books by Spurgeon, Tripp, and DeMoss Wolgemuth were all considered. But yesterday this idea was on one of the websites I was reading (not sure which one). Every evening, read 1 chapter of Luke. There are 24 chapters in Luke, which means you end on Christmas Eve.

(NIV)

Every night after work, my routine will be to put my computer to sleep, turn out the kitchen light, curl up in the living room chair with a blanket and hot cup of chamomile tea, and read one chapter of Luke before bed. What a perfect way to decompress after being yelled at all day (retail sales). Trust me, there is no “peace on earth, goodwill towards men.”

Grab your blanket and a hot beverage and end your day with Luke as well.

May God’s word bring you comfort and joy this holiday season.

“Joy To The World”

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele loves Jesus, books, history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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