Christmas Carol 2004

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

The earth receives its maker –
A newborn cry is heard
As God’s first breath in Jesus
Reveals th’incarnate Word.
This birth in darkest night
Brings God as King and brother,
Jesus, the world’s true light.

The Virgin Mother watches
The infant born this day.
Their bond of love brings mercy
As for the world we pray.

God’s heart now beats so closely
No fear need chill our soul.
His life he spends, all–giving,
And through death makes us whole.

So Jesus lights the darkness
Of every age’s pains;
Such love our wounds now sharing
As from a cross he reigns.

In time th’eternal story
Is born for all to hear:
That God is love and lowly –
Our neighbour, lost or near.

Each heart and mind must open
To know this truth today:
God comes as friend and stranger –
In those we turn away.

Poor shepherds saw the glory
Of God’s life laid in hay.
Here is our greatest treasure:
The love that lives for aye!

© Neil Thompson 2004