Christmas Daybook, 9: Passionate peace is in the sky

My Christmas daybook for these 12 days of celebrating. We'll be spending Christmastide with the good, old theologian/British mystery writer/ Christmas elf, G.K. Chesterton. Join us, won't you?   (see all Christmas daybook 2016-17 posts here)


  The Flight to Egypt  by Nicholas Mynheer ( source )

The Flight to Egypt by Nicholas Mynheer (source)

 
Passionate peace is in the sky ─
And in the snow in silver sealed
The beasts are perfect in the field,
And men seem men so suddenly ─
(But take ten swords and ten times ten
And blow the bugle in praising men
For we are for all men under the son,
And they are against us every one
And misers haggle and madmen clutch
And there is peril in praising much,
And we have the terrible tongues uncurled
That praise the world to the sons of the world).

The idle humble hill and wood
Are bowed about the sacred birth,
And for one little hour the earth
Is lazy with the love of good ─
(But ready are you, and ready am I,
If the battle blow and the guns go by;
For we are for all men under the sun,
And they are against us every one;
And the men that hate herd all together,
To pride and gold, and the great white feather,
And the thing is graven in star and stone
That the men who love are all alone).

Hunger is hard and time is tough,
But bless the beggars and kiss the kings,
For hope has broken the heart of things,
And nothing was ever praised enough.
(But hold the shield for a sudden swing
And point the sword when you praise a thing,
For we are for all men under the sun,
And they are against us every one,
And mime and merchant, thane and thrall
Hate us because we love them all,
Only till Christmastide go by
Passionate peace is in the sky).
— "The Truce of Christmas", G. K. Chesterton

Listen: Peace Is Here by Jars of Clay

Today's Readings: Psalm 20, Genesis 12:1-7, Hebrews 11:1-12

Prayer for the Day:  

O Holy One, heavenly angels spoke to earthly shepherds and eternity entered time in the child of Bethlehem. Through the telling of the Christmas story, let our temporal lives be caught up in the eternal in that same child, that we might join shepherds and all the heavenly host in praising the coming of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
— Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, 2002

12 Ways To Savor the 12 Days of Christmas (my annual post for Christmastide)