O’ Little Town of Bethlehem We Do Not Know Thee (The Great Paradox)

O’ Little Town of Bethlehem We Do Not Know Thee
The Great Paradox
While kings boasted of their greatness,
The Word of God declared of His lowliness through each whimper and cry.
As rulers jockeyed for position in Rome,
The King came in obscurity.
O’ little town of Bethlehem we do not know thee.
 
While rulers sought their palaces,
One whose goings forth was from everlasting to everlasting dwelt in a manger.
As Caesar lay on his bed,
YHWH lay in a feeding trough.
O’ little town of Bethlehem we do not know thee. 
 
While the watchmen made their rounds,
The shepherds were found ready.
As the priests sought the Word of the Lord,
The shepherds could hear it in the whimpering of a babe.
O’ little town of Bethlehem we do not know thee. 
 
O’ little town of Bethlehem we do not know thee.
As the religious leaders looked to Jerusalem,
Heaven look to you.
 
For He who sets the seraphim ablaze,
Now shivers underneath the cool breeze of night.
He who wrapped Himself in unapproachable light,
Is now wrapped in swaddling clothes.
He who sits enthroned on high and laughs,
Has become a babe lying in a feeding trough crying.
He whom all of heaven gazes upon crying “Holy”,
Is now the object of the animal’s gaze.
O’ little town of Bethlehem we do not know thee.
 
For on this day, the Potter has become dependent upon the clay
The One who was there at creation as a master craftsman,
Has become a child now dependent upon His own creation.
O’ little town of Bethlehem we do not know thee.
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Posted on January 4, 2013, in Misc, On the Life of Christ, Poetry, Reflections and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow, well written mate! An elegant masterpiece full of epic triumph and irony that beckons the soul to exult in God our Hope!

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