Thursday, December 16, 2010

How You Came



You could have come in majesty,
With splendid crowns and royal robes,
But came a simple, helpless babe
To people who were very poor.

You could have had a kingly bed
With satin sheets and silver posts
And golden netting up above,
But chose a feeding trough instead.

You could have had the emperor
Attend your coming on his knees,
But chose instead some shepherds who
Were ordinary as the night.

You could have saved the very rich
And left the rest to rot and burn,
But chose to come for all of us
Who'd turn to you in simple faith.

You showed us that the finer things
Aren't really very fine at all
When they're compared with just a babe
Who's very God in very flesh.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us...
--John 1:14 ESV
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
--Luke 2:7 ESV

As you can tell from the poem, the striking photo is a huge misrepresentation of the Lord's birth. My thanks to Magpie Tales for the photo. Follow the link for other people's writings, based on the same photo.

11 comments:

articlesoffaithandfancy said...

Thank you for the beautiful take on this!

Jim Swindle said...

Articles, Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed it. Any glory goes to the Lord, not to me.

Reflections said...

Beautiful words, thoughts deep in the essence of what our faith, our
God offers to this world of sinners, one and all.

Jim Swindle said...

Thanks, Reflections. You're absolutely right about what the Lord offers.

Jingle said...

lovely wonders.
the possibility is infinite.

Jinksy said...

Simplicity is best...

Brian Miller said...

if he had come with a crown would people have listened...and would it have sent the same message...i think not...

kathew said...

lovely and thougtful

Tess Kincaid said...

Lovely thoughts for the Christmas season, Jim.

Jim Swindle said...

Jinksy, thanks for stopping by again.
Brian Miller, you're right.
Kathew, glad you liked it.
Tess, thanks...and thanks for the photos.

Carrie Burtt said...

Jim this is full of so much truth and real beauty! A lovely Christmas message!...i love it! :-)