On Faith: Reverend shares Christmas joy in verse
By: Rev. James Joseph, Lake County News Chronicle
The cradle, the cross, and the crown
There are three things entwined so tightly
That give meaning to this special day–
The cradle that bore baby Jesus,
The cross upon which He died,
And the crown that He wears in glory
Enthroned at His Father’s side.
He was born of a Jewish mother
Conceived by God’s almighty Word
A manger became His cradle
Fresh hay His pillow of down
The shepherds paid homage and worshiped
God’s glory shone all around.
He grew up as a carpenter’s son–
Fashioned wood into beautiful things.
But a cross, not a throne, was fashioned
For Him Whom the angels praise.
Cruel men mocked our blessed Savior
On that darkest of all days.
Yet death could not keep Him its captive
The grave couldn’t keep Christ in its grasp.
He arose from the dead triumphant,
To receive the Victor’s crown.
He reigns now in splendor, forever.
His mercy and grace abound.
The cradle reminds us of Christmas,
The cross– of His suffering and shame,
The crown– of His kingship and glory
O, praise His wonderful Name!
Jesus came to die for His people.
We thank You, Lord that You came.
Tokens of Christmas
Gifts wrapped in paper and bows
Remind of love that our God chose
To pour on us on Christmas day
When Christ was born our debt to pay
Ornaments so shiny and bright
Remind of God’s glory that night
When angels sang of Jesus’ birth
“Glory to God” and “Peace on Earth”
Striped Candy Canes of red and white
Remind of shepherds on that night
Who quickly left their flocks of sheep
To worship Him who lay asleep
And Christmas trees with lights and star
Remind of Magi from afar
Who travelled long to see the King
And unto Him their treasures bring
Christ was born this glorious day
He is the Truth, the Life, the Way
We join with shepherds, angels, kings
And bow our knee and gladly sing
Jesus, we love you and declare
You are the Lord of all we are
From all our sins you set us free
You came that we might clearly see