* 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 In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All."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, July 12, 2017

The Evangeliad (1:57-67)

Section 1:57-67 (corresponding to Luke 1:56-66)

Three months Mary stayed with Elizabeth,
Then made her way home, to Nazareth.
And Elizabeth's time to bear had come:
She brought forth her promised, prophesied son.

Her neighbors and relatives all rejoiced
In hearing about this baby boy.
Then the eighth day came, the naming-day:
They thought 'Zechariah' should be his name.

"Not so!" she said, "For his name must be John!"
"But then how will his father's name live on?"
They asked Zechariah to show his choice
For granting a name to his baby boy.

He signed for a slate, and wrote thereupon:
"My newborn son's name, it shall be John."
Then could he speak, for the first time in months,
For he persevered in obedience.

The neighbors exclaimed at this wondrous sight,
And the news of it spread both far and wide.
"What then will this baby boy be?" they asked.
"Surely the Lord has laid on him a task."

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