* Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.

- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.

- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.

- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Evangeliad (1:15-18)

Section 1:15-18 (corresponding to Luke 1:14-17)

Rejoice! Be glad at the birth of this boy,
For then shall the many have radiant joy!
John will be great in the eyes of the Lord,
Devoted to Him in deed and in word.

The sign of his calling here shall be told:
The Nazirite’s way, as in days of old.
Not wine nor strong drink will pass by his lips;
This rule shall he keep as long as he lives.

The Spirit of God upon him shall fall,
While yet he is growing, silent and small:
In Elizabeth’s womb, there shall he be
Made ready to bear holy prophecy.

Far have the children of Israel strayed;
This is the mission that on him is laid:
To turn them back from their wanderings vain,
That they may walk in the Lord’s holy name.

And he shall be like Elijah of old:
In spirit and power, forthright and bold;
He’s going before, and making the way
For he who will come to love and to save.

Yes, John will unite your fathers with sons,
And draw back to wisdom the wayward ones,
That he may prepare and show to the Lord
A people made ready, cleansed and restored.”

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