Archive for December, 2010

Somber Tone

There was only one way the wise men could see,

The most famous star the earth has known,

‘Twas for the sky to be partly dark,

Arrayed in night’s somber tone.

                – eab, 12/11/10

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The eternal Son,


newly born


– eab, 12/10/10

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He came to a village, to Bethlehem, small,

Squeezed into what moderns would label a stall,

He then took a Baby’s slight, fragile, short frame,

Flesh, Jewish by nature; Divine, all the same.

Accepted that near eastern race as His own,  

Born into king David’s line – records have shown,

His mother a virgin, his step-dad the man

Who labored the mutual shame to withstand.

O, what a place, what a race, for God’s own Son.


Soon Christ will appear to this world once again,

Appear all victorious over all sin,

All rebels, all kingdoms of men will have crashed,

The tares be removed – head of satan be smashed,

He comes with a trumpet sound, breaking of spheres,

Rewards will He give to those who gave Him their fears,

No Baby? Triumphant. Of ALL things the End.

The Kingdom of heaven’s still open my friend.

O, what great grace, what a Face. He will have won!

                – eab, 12/10/10

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“Bah!” “Humbug,” and “Scrooge” are all readily recognized words anytime of year, but especially in December.  And, for good reason – as they are connected to a work called A Christmas Carol


Charles Dickens on this date, 12/19/1843, had published A Christmas Carol (publishers: Chapman and Hall), what is in literature known as a novella (nō vel’ lä).  One source says he didn’t start it until in October of that year and did not finish it until the early days of December.  Dickens divided his story, in line with his title, into five stanzas or what most would label chapters.


Scrooge, his main character, has a biblical word of his first name, Ebenezer.  And though A Christmas Carol is not a Christian story as such, it seems to have helped make readers/hearers less selfish on and near Christmas.  Two fellow writers, Robert Louis Stevenson and Thomas Carlyle, both seem to have been more give to generiosity after the story appeared.  Reportedly as a result of it, a Boston manufacturer closed his factory for Christmas Day and gave a turkey to each employee.  Even the queen of Norway, later, is said to have given gifts to some crippled children marked “With Tiny Tim’s Love.”


A Christmas Carol is still popular and is reported to have never gone out of print.

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The devil deceives many of the living,

The devil, if possible, also deceives the dying

             – eab, 12/18/10

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Christmas vacation? So soon? [1]


Now how can that be?

We are enjoying the boon,

Of school, work, and study.


Do we really have to go,

Leave themes and all that,

And go see snow,

Wear gloves and muffled hat?


Well, since you say so, O.K.

Matter of fact, that’s fine,

But this I would like to say,

We’ll hurry back for sixty – nine.


Good, God bless you, we pray

On Christmas as every day.

                – eab, 12/16/68

[1] Written for our second Christmas party at Hobe Sound Bible College.

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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus


Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.


Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley, one of the greatest hymn writers ever born, was born this date, 12/18/1707 at Epworth Rectory, England.  He became what may be called the “co-founder” of Methodism.  (Anyone wishing to deny him that title remember – we know more theology from his sacred hymns than we do, with all due respect, from John’s sermons.)  Charles was the eighteenth child of his Anglican pastor father, Samuel, and his methodical mother, Susanna.

The Wesleys and their friends formed the “Holy Club,” a group derisively called “Methodists” for their methodical form of piety.  He was ordained an Anglican minister in 1735 but had a radical conversion to Christ 5/20/1738 three days prior to John’s Aldersgate experience.  Between 1737 and 1742 he and John published six volumes of original hymns.  Recently the United Methodist hymnal still had seventy-three of these poems the Lord gave him.  He penned more than 6,500 in total.

Among his best-known works are “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today” (Resurrection Lord’s Day), “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and the above (both about Christ’s Birth).  He is said to have written his last hymn his last day on earth, 3/29/1788 – no early retirement with Charles Wesley.

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A false floor has something under it.


A false wall has something behind it.


What does false religion hide?  


– eab, 11/13/10

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Its symmetrical shape points toward the sky

Like no other.

And that could be one reason why,

We would rather,

Use it for our Christmas-time tree.

It points toward God, you see.



Its needles are always the same color

The year ’round.

Not affected by the changing weather.

It might be found,

That this would be good for you and me,

To be as changeless, as we could be.



It looks in March as it did in June.

Little age shows.

And its essence won’t be changing soon,

If no foes.

It’s an example to be seen free,

That gives us a glimpse of Eternity.             

                – eab, 12/65

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