originally written in 2017
What star is this, shines clear and bright?
Why come these shepherds in dark of night?
From stable there shines a heavenly light—
My heart it trembles at such a sight.
A glorious King has come here to be born,
A wonder of wonders on this Christmas morn.
The baby lies in a manger bare
Joseph and Mary attend him there
The shepherds kneel in wonder and awe
The infant King born in a stall
Come to take away our sin,
Born that we might be born again
His star in the east the prophets foretold
And wise men bringing wealth untold--
Frankincense a priest’s offering,
Myrrh for burial, gold for a king.
This King a priest born to suffer and die
Then rise again, glorified.
The only wise God asleep on the hay
Is Wonder Counselor born this day
Mighty God become helpless for all
This paradox brings a sense of awe.
Prince of Peace, born to end all strife,
He conquers death and brings new life.
Who could have foretold such a wondrous thing
What once was hidden from prophets and kings?
That God would take on a human form
And be born among us on Christmas morn,
Because he took flesh he knows the ways
That sin and grief attend our days.
His sacrifice took away our sin.
Restoring the gift of His life within.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.