A small star child fell to earth
With searing firebrand of birth,
Offered Holy innocence...
Giving souls a recompense,
Cloaked in flesh...divine the choosing,
Redemption...the God-child's bruising,
Earthbound for all humanity
In time and space to set men free,
Though small the star, His ember grew
Even when darkness overthrew.
Expiation for sin at last,
Star child burning into night,
Fills our hearts with heaven's light.
by Cheryl Ellen Baxter ©
Luke 2:9-20 -- And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of
the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings
of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising
God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the
shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this
thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in
And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told
them concerning this child.
And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by
But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things
that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
*Also see Matthew 2:1-12; this talks about the wisemen from the east that
followed the Star they'd seen to worship the King of the Jews. When they found
him in Bethlehem they brought gifts of gold frankincense and myrr, all gifts
worthy to lay before a king...*