The Christmas Paradox

Renee Ann Smith —  December 12, 2014 — 6 Comments

Chesterton Christmas Quote

Christmas is built upon a beautiful & intentional paradox;
that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.
~G. K. Chesterton~

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In the Bleak Midwinter
by Christina Rosetti

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

You can find my other Christmas/Winter graphics here . . .

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

6 responses to The Christmas Paradox

  1. Thanks again for your beautiful thoughts and graphic. I loved the poem. Blessings for all you do to spread good word~

  2. Such important holiday thoughts, Renee. I love how Chesterton could nail truth so beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Not going to lie… this is a paradox that I never really thought about– and I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it (and sorry I am a bit late to the party… We have been busy sharing germs around our house. Le sigh.)

  4. Thank you for sharing your lovely poem with us here at “tell Me a Story.”

  5. “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Always love what you share here, Renee.
    Wishing you a most wonderful Christmas. Much love. xoxo

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