Ode to the Christ Child

Read this inspiring short poem from contributing poet, Dan Doyle. With such clarity and simplicity, Dan brings us back to that miraculous night two millennia ago…

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Ode to the Christ Child: A Christmas Poem

I

On a cold night
two millennia ago,
a little Child was born
in a land far off,
under the brilliance
of a solitary star,
Who would turn the world
up-side-down.
By this little one’s gracious
and holy coming
all of time would stop
and begin again.
This pure and holy child,
born that, cold, wintry night,
would grow to a man,
be crucified on a cross
for the sake of all our sins,
for Love, for the sake of a Love
far beyond our mortal ken.

II
On this night each dark
and snowy year,
our Savior is born
and the Angels gather
In the heavens above
to greet him with a joy unbound!

And here below, we simple folk,
we wise men from far off lands,
who have followed that faithful star
without hesitation, without words,
still come to greet him
in this manger cold and bare,
knowing that this one
Is The One
for whom we’ve waited
with undaunted, and in pious hope
throughout the tumultuous years.

III

This night is holy and
this place of his birth
is simple and warm;
a manger in a cave
behind a rustic inn.
His mother, Mary,
serenely attends to him,
with a simple grace.
His father Joseph
stands in the shadows
quiet with holy awe.

In the chill of this silent, winter’s night,
beneath a black and starry sky,
the King of Kings lets go of majesty
to enter this dusty plain below
the child of poor parents,
destined to be rejected
by the ignorant,
despised by the great,
who, despite his birth,
will embrace the entire earth.

And the Angels on high
Sing in joyous tones,
“Come, all ye faithful!
Come in adoration,
for here, in a simple manger,
lies the One who will
Set you free.”

“Glory to God in the highest,
And Peace to all of good will.

Your Saviour has come!
Glory to God, forever!”

Amen! And Amen!

 

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.