Christmas Carol 2006

Metre: 76 76 676Tune: Es ist ein, ros’ entsprungen

God’s love was born so simple
We’ll miss its gift today
Unless we own the frailty
That lies within the hay
O come true Light we pray
And flood our fears and darkness
With Christ’s eternal Day!

We know so much – and little;
We look – but fail to see
Th’eternal’s hand now offered
In Jesus’ infancy.

All words and thoughts are nothing
Save for this newborn child:
In him all life is focused,
All living reconciled.

The poor and pained and mortal
Are blessed in Mary’s son;
Our only home is heaven
Which Christ through death has won.

True peace lies in a manger –
All human powers take heed:
Our wealth and pride bring ruin
In war and want and greed.

God meets us as a brother –
Lost, hunted as a prey;
In politics and power –
The victim and the Way.

All praise to God be given
By loving hearts on earth
For bringing us redemption
In Jesus’ lowly birth.

© Neil Thompson 2006