* 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 In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All."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, August 02, 2017
The Evangeliad (2:1-4)
Section 2:1-4 (corresponding to Matthew 1:18-21)
Now this was the birth of Jesus the Lord,
Full incarnation of God's holy Word:
Mary his mother to Joseph was pledged,
But she began bearing before they were wed.
And Joseph, a man of character set,
Wherein compassion and righteousness met,
Made resolution to quietly part,
And no further shame to Mary impart.
After resolving this heartbroken plan,
An angel of God made visit to him,
And spoke in a dream: "Oh, be not afraid!
Let not appearances leave you dismayed!
Thou, Son of David, listen to me:
Your wife bears not shame, but divinity!
The son she conceived is born from above:
He who is coming to save and to love!
Take your beloved, and marry her still:
Thus shall the will of the Lord be fulfilled.
When he is born, call him Jesus by name,
For he from their sins God's people will save."