A Canticle for Advent: One for the Heart

photo by Josh Scholten
photo by Josh Scholten

One for the star in the sky over Bethlehem
Two for the hands that will rock him to sleep
Three for the kings bringing gold, bringing myrrh, bringing incense
Four for the angels that watch over his bedside

Blue for the robe of the sweet Virgin Mary
White for the dawn of the first Christmas day
Red for the blood that he shed for us all on Good Friday
Black for the tomb where he rested ‘till Easter

Lullaby, see Jesus asleep. Angels and shepherds their watch on him keep
Lullaby he soon will awake for the oxen are stirring and morning will break

One for the star in the sky over Bethlehem
Two for the hands that will rock him to sleep
Three for the kings bringing gold, bringing myrrh, bringing incense
Four for the angels that watch over his bedside
And one for the heart, one for the heart,
One for the heart that I give as my offering to Jesus!

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my Spirit in you…
Ezekiel 36:26-27

For so many people, the holidays are a reminder of painful memories, unfulfilled expectations, stressed schedules and family conflict.
Hearts are hardened tight in self-protection; so many tears, so many harsh words, so many sleepless nights.
Yet this is what we must give up to Him: He became flesh so that we no longer cling to our heart of stone.
We become full with God, our heart of flesh to be delivered to our Deliverer.

2 thoughts on “A Canticle for Advent: One for the Heart

  1. Your comment is so timely, Emily — and so knowing. Your comforting words flow over me like
    a balm, causing the healing tears of acknowledgment and remembrance to flow. ‘Hearts being hardened tight in self-protection” is an apt description for that painful malady. Our Savior, the Incarnate God, is the only One who has the understandding and thw power to soften our hardened hearts. For this we say ‘thank you’ and
    ‘Hallelujah.’

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