Come, and Linger Awhile

There’s a week left until Christmas Day.  Find a quiet spot,  maybe under a blanket, with a cup of hot chocolate…

Come, and linger awhile

                        with ancient prophets who hear whispers of a

                          wonder they will never see, a

                          wisdom beyond  their understanding

                          and that their words can never fully express…

                                          and yet that they believe in hope.

 Come, and linger awhile

                        near a simple virgin girl who is

                        overwhelmed when an angel announces

                        (with terrible calm) that she will be

                      overshadowed by the Most High and bear a Son Who will

                                 reign over all people and all things for all time.

  Come, and linger awhile

                        through the restless night of a grizzled carpenter who was

                        shocked by the seeming betrayal of love’s sweetness,

                        reassured when an angel appeared in his dreams, and  

                        stunned into faith that the Son His beloved carried would

                                                save people from their sins.

Come, and linger awhile

                        in a shepherd’s night-darkened field,  at first

                       muffled in the ordinary quiet of snores and sheep sleep,

                       awakened by one angel, a messenger blazing with Glory, joined by

                       resounding songs & shouts of an angel battalion bringing

                                       good news of great joy to all people.

Come, and linger awhile

                        by a rough feeding trough in a dead-end stable, where a

                        Baby lies, God’s glory in skin, proof that

                        Love arrives, heaven in our broken world, and from there

                        Hope eyes the promise of peace, joy, life forever.

                                                        So, this Christmas…

Come and linger awhile with Jesus.

               Be breathlessly quiet,

                   kneel amazed, awestruck and grateful,

                 wonder-full and captivated by

                                   Mercy in a manger.


         and linger awhile.

4 responses

  1. Lovely.

    May I post this, with attribution and link, to our Advent blog?




    1. sure. Richard. I’d be happy for you to post this…Merry Christmas!

  2. i have just found this poem whilst looking for an image for advent. It’s brilliant – i have put it as a link on my facebook !

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