Archive for December 4th, 2016

*Past Poems Celebrating the Birth of Christ*

Inn Keeper’s Soul (card)

It was late when the rap came at the door;

“Was there room for two, maybe three, more?”

A man with honest face and callused hands,

(But did I see a touch of distant lands?)

And his lovely, young wife, lovely but tired;

Whose time for childbearing had all but expired,

Stood waiting for an affirmative nod.


I wish I could have let them in my inn,

(To not do so seemed almost like a sin.)

But every room had been sold out that night

Long before the sun had slipped out of sight

And I had no corner, I had no room.

(I was sleeping between the mop and the broom.)

Briefly I too waited, praying to God.


Then like a flash I remembered the cave.

My eyes rolled upward – Thanksgiving I gave.

Then lead them through the most silent of nights

And left them there with two candles for lights.

It was, I thought, the best thing I had,

But though best, it was unspeakable sad

That a Baby should be born under sod.


Later, I could see them in my mind’s eye;

Though I never formally said Good-bye.

And much later I learned a Son was born

Between the time I left and the morn.

A Son for whom Religion had no room;

A Son Who will be the church’s Bridegroom –

Every worthy of Praise, Glory and Laud!

– eab, Dec. ‘93

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Jer 23. 32

“Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.”

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J A Wood quote

“…Perfect love excluding hatred,

perfect faith excluding unbelief,

perfect humility excluding pride…”

– J A Wood, from his SUNSET ECHOES

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Who is more influential in your congregation – the Payers or the Prayers? When you have honestly answered this question you’ll have a better picture of the eventual success of your group. Success, that is, as seen from Above, or “success” as calculated by mere mortals.

– eab, 12/4/16

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Gabriel met Zacharias

From angel to priest came the Word

Your wife will bare a baby boy

Many will be glad – you’ll have joy

He’ll prepare the way for the Lord


Gabriel announced to Mary

She was the virgin of choice

To carry the Savior of all men

From David’s throne forever, again

She consented ─ when she found her voice.   


An angel conversed with Joseph

To settle his disturbed soul

Mary should not be put away

The child is of the Holy Ghost – stay

Stay – shine in the step-father role.


An angel startled the shepherds

Then an awesome story told

They’d find Him in swaddling cloths wound

Earth’s Savior, born in Bethlehem-town

A Great Shepherd to save the fold.


An angel also warned Joseph

To take the Child, and his wife

Away from Herod’s bloody reach

(Scribes would kings the birthplace teach)

They left; thus sparing Jesus’ life.


An angel, angels, angel throng

Heaven’s messengers to Earth

Meeting, announcing, showing right

Created themselves before sin’s night

Who could tell an angel’s true worth?  

– eab, Dec. ’95

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Religion repeats its rituals.

They (whether putrid paganism or corrupted “christianity”) become routine, rigidly regulated, and blind men revel in their cycles. Salvation, Oh, joyous contrast, is linear! There was 1 creation, 1 Noah’s flood, 1 Abraham/Isaac/Jacob, 1 Bethlehem, 1 Calvary, 1 Resurrection, 1 Ascension, and there will be 1 “Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Co 1.7 et al).

God (unlike His limited creature man) has no need to repeat Himself.

– eab, 12/1/16

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