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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In the Bleak Midwinter

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.

Blessings ~ Christina Rossetti ~ poetry ~ Gloucester Cathedral Choir ~ Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ~


  1. Aw. Good truth and beautiful words that feed the needy soul. Amen. Wishing you the Peace of the King, dear friend.

  2. Wonderful photo, exquisite!
    Searching for beauty and find hope
      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014! Hugs from Spain. Leovi.

  3. bless you this Christmas Day..
    i posted the youtube video that includes the piece you shared. lovely lovely..

  4. That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing this poem. The words brightened my day. "Oh come let us adore Him ..."

    GOD BLESS TO YOU AND YOURS and Merry CHRISTmas to all. ~:)

  5. Beautiful . . . Merry Christmas Sandra . . . Enjoy some Merry Moments in these next days . . .

  6. A Blessed Christmas to you, Sandra.
    That's such a great poem/lyric.

  7. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

  8. I watched (and listened) to that choir on YouTube earlier tonight and it just knocked me out. My emotions seem to be about a hairsbreadth from the surface all the time lately...whew.
    A very happy Christmas to you and yours, Sandra! I'm still thinking about my "one word" for 2014. I'm like you, though...better with phrases! ;)

  9. a beautiful song/poem. Merry Christmas

  10. Bless you dear Sandra, she who has the favour of the Lord. Thank you so much for the reminder of the word/intention...good timing, for these good for pondering days between Christmas & the New Year. Every blessing to you this Christmas & always. May you know deeply His presence & favour as you courageously journey through the harsh, cold, dark days of your land & out into the light & warmth once more. Much love Catherine x0x0x

  11. ... What can I give Him, poor as I am?
    If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb....

    Dear sheperd Thistle, you were in the poor stable filled with heavenly light to see hte hidden salvator. You brought him a lamb, and he healed the lamb.

    Merry Christmas, thank you for this wonderful poem and photo,

    your companion-shepherd Dori

  12. Oh dear Sandra ~ Thank you for this lovely, lovely piece this Christmas morning.

    I love your header photo.

    May your feel the warmth of God's continued love and peace and strength flowing through and surrounding you at this time.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  13. A lovely post Sandra -- wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! xo

  14. God bless you and yours this beautiful Christmas day!

  15. Oh what a gorgeous photo- you are so blessed. Merry Christmas dear Sandra--

  16. I love it! Wishing you a very happy and blessed Christmas.

  17. Amen..thanks for sharing, what an awesome read for me at the end of this day.
    Merry Christmas

  18. Beautiful! Merry Christmas!

  19. I love that song!
    Your header photo is esp. lovely.
    It's late and soon Christmas Day will be over (it's almost midnight). I hope you had a wonderful day. Sending you a hug and blessings down n the farm.

  20. Such a beautiful hymn. I sang for many years with a Women's Ensemble, singing acapella at church and every year at the Maymont Victorian Christmas. We always included "In the Bleak Midwinter". Merry Christmas to you and Blessings throughout the new year!

  21. What a beautiful photograph and lovely words. xoxo

  22. I hope your 2014 is as beautiful as the photo and words here.

  23. This is beautiful, Sandra.
    May 2014 bring you EVERYTHING wonderful. Sending love...

  24. thanks for stopping by my blog...My husband just had surgery and is coming home today, so I haven't kept up with answering my comments. Please come again as I post most everyday.


  25. I just listened to this beautiful hymn and it was just what I needed this morning. I'm so nervous about bringing Joe calmed me.


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