Daily Archives: December 20, 2018

THE BLEAK MID-WINTER CHRISTMAS (5 Days and Counting)

“In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.”

When I wake up with these words drifting through my mind – even before the mind is really functioning and prayers are only beginning to form – I pretty much know what the beginning of my Christmas writings will be.

Then logic kicks in high gear. I have lots to do. I don’t even remember the rest of the lyrics in totality. Really – just a phrase here and there.
“…water like a stone…” 
“…snow on snow…” 
“…long ago.”
It’s not even winter solstice yet – let alone – “mid-winter”. What can I possible say that is better than what Christina Rossetti wrote back in the late 1800’s?

“Our God, heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain,
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty —
Jesus Christ.”

Every verse a treasure chest of simplicity, wisdom and beauty. Another carol that encapsulates the picture of a lonely winter night into a glorious impossible of His – “The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY – JESUS CHRIST’s” – return.

Remembering the past to honor the prophecy. She intertwines them verse after verse. In our days of blatant – in your face – words, this carol paints pictures of what was – and is – and is to come. The Glorious Impossible. 
“A breastful of milk…”
“…Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air…”
“…But only His Mother
Worshipped the Beloved with a kiss…”

But it is always the last verse that catches in my thoughts. These were the words that awakened me this morning. These were the words that have followed me from Christmas to Christmas. These are the words – day after day – month after month – season after season – year after year – that continue to guide my life. The Glorious Impossible continues.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.”