Enjoy Reading a Few Sample Poems

Below are several of the poems from the book's selection of twenty-five advent poems.


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An Advent Meditation

Our dog can sense a visitor a long way off.

He begins to growl and mutter in low tones.

During this Advent season I wait and look and long.

Do I sense a rumble in the distance?

I suppose I growl and mutter in my own way…

He, for whom the poets sang,

He, to whom the psalmists prayed,

He, about whom the wise pondered,

He, for whom the Exiles longed—

Draws near with a weight of glory.

He, for whom and by whom all things were made—is coming!

I sense the coming of him who defies description

Whose coming is so weighty it almost makes the earth tremble.

Creation seems to utter a subliminal groan

Longing for all the prophets foretold.

Will heaven and earth lose their moorings

And flee away when he comes?

Or will the trees of the field clap their hands?

I get a sense in Advent of an approaching Immensity,

Something so huge and hard to comprehend—

And then, I hear the soft cries of a baby in a manger…


Meditation on a Theme from Wesley and Saint Paul

From the great halls of splendor
He stepped into the night,
To make himself our mender
In our pain and in our plight.

He descended from the highest height
Of joy to know our woes;
He relinquished all his power to fight
With weakness all our foes.

The King of kings became a slave
To know us in our need,
Quit filling all creation save
The space within a seed.

His scepter and his staff and rod
Were laid aside with grace,
Yet still the glory of our God
Shone in his human face:

His person, essence, who he is
(The Hand within the Glove)
God found in fashion as a Man,
Emptied of all but Love.


A Giving of Thanks

Thank you Lord Jesus for creating us.
You spoke of us with your Father before the worlds.
You thought of the beginning, the morning of creation
The freshness, the wonder, the possibilities and the price
Of what it would cost to bring creation
To its end, its consummation,
Its eternal reconciliation
With the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost.
And for all that, you decided it was worth
The plunging of your hands into the earth.

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