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December 16, 2008

Originally posted: Friday, December 2, 2005

Canon John Heidt: An Advent Meditation

Canon Heidt is the Canon Theologian for the Diocese of Fort Worth. This is taken from his blog Transfiguration.

art credit: web gallery of art. Sandro Botticelli, Adoration of the Child, 1495. Click here for background on this painting.


An Advent Meditation

By Canon John Heidt

A Virgin conceives and now gives birth
And God becomes a helpless child:
Infinity now in an infant found
And Majesty now on a manger throne
Becomes the site where angels sing.
Where a star leads wise men to a simple inn,
And turns this night into the world’s light.
For in cattle’s crib a child is born,
And the world’s turned upside down.

Another Christmas; the Christ Mass here
Where our labor and joys, the bread and the wine,
Become the flesh and blood of God.
Where souls and bodies offered to Him,
Become His living Body again.
For in us He is reborn today,
As first He was in Mary’s womb.
We are the manger where angels sing,
Simple children that wise men seek,
For On our altars God has come
And the world’s turned upside down.

Humility conquers the world’s pride
And kings pay homage to the servants of God
An Empire crumbles before a saintly man
Tyranny ridiculed by the world’s damned.
Peace conquers war; the poor become rich
The weak become strong and the wronged become right
For a child is born; a son is given
And nothing shall ever be the same again.


Graham Kendrick, a worship leader and prolific songwriter from the UK, also echos Canon Heidt’s refrain “nothing shall ever be the same again” in one of his Christmas songs:

So many centuries of watching and waiting
But when the moment came well nobody saw
Traders and travellers hurried by
And life went on just like before
Just like before
In all the clamour just a new baby crying
One more poor family shut out in the cold
Nothing unusual sad to say
Hasn’t it always been this way?

But nothing will ever be the same again
This night has changed everything
Nothing will ever be the same again
Since the night he came

You can read all the words here.
Listen to a clip of the song sung by Graham Kendrick here. [A longer clip sung by another artist is here.]

The poem and the song have both got me thinking… What do I need to allow Christ to change in my own life?

Isaiah 9:6-7

December 16, 2008

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; (Isaiah 9:6)
      Father, thank you for sending Jesus to us as a helpless baby. Thank you for being so vulnerable in your love for us.

And the government will be upon his shoulder. (Isaiah 9:6)
      Jesus, guide and help with your strength George Bush and Barack Obama and all who bear the burden of government.

And his name will be called wonderful, counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, prince of peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
      Holy Spirit, help us to praise Jesus as we ought.

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, (Isaiah 9:7)
      Jesus, please in your mercy exercise your governance and peace in the Episcopal Church.

Upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. (Isaiah 9:7)
      Lord Jesus, please teach the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church your good judgment and justice.

the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:7)
      Father, we ask all this in Jesus’ name. Thank you.

A word received: Cry out to me; cry out to me for my people. My people are wounded by false teaching and there are few who are speaking words of truth. Pray for a ministry of truth among my people. Pray for an increase in shepherds who will teach the truth.

Tuesday: 45; Isaiah 9:1-7; 2 Peter 1:12-21; Luke 22:54-69
Wednesday: 119:49-72; Isaiah 9:8-17; 2 Peter 2:1-10a; Mark 1:1-8

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