In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ

Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.

We attended a lovely Lessons and Carols service tonight, where the extraodinary choir sang this moving poem by Christina Rossetti. “Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him!? and yet “A breastful of milk and a mangerful of hay; enough for Him.? The most tragic moment of history occured when Adam rejected God and fell from grace. Perfectly justified in cutting mankind off from Himself, from destroying His rebellious creatures, and yet “Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him!? not only moved to redeem mankind, but did so in the most self-sacrificing of ways possible. He become one of us, and He died at our own hands. By this He touched every aspect of our lives and made them holy. Without Christ, a breastful of milk would be a profane thing, cut off from God with the rest of our fallen world, and yet at His nursing, it has become sacred.

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~ by Michael on December 25, 2005.

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