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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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Christmas?

 

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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