God Among Us: From Magnificent to Naked


He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Colossians 1:15


Down he came from up,
and in from out,
and here from there.
A long leap,
an incandescent fall
from magnificent
to naked, frail, small,
through space,
between stars,
into our chill night air,
shrunk, in infant grace,
to our damp, cramped
earthy place
among all
the shivering sheep.

And now, after all,
there he lies,
fast asleep.
~Luci Shaw “Descent” from Accompanied By Angels



By His descent to us,
His fall from luminance to darkness
to be in our arms and by our sides,
He illuminates us~
we reflect the light He brings:
despite all our efforts
to remain in the dark.



(translated from the Latin)

Let children’s voices resound today, merrily praising him who has been born,
sent by Almighty God and brought forth from a virgin’s womb.

He was born into the world, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and placed in the
manger in a cattle shed, the Lord of the heavens, the Prince who destroyed
the spoils of hell.

Three wise men appeared; they offered gifts and asked for a boy-child,
following a star; they worshipped him, offering him gold, frankincense, and

Let all the clerics, and likewise the boys, sing like the angels: “You have
come to the world; therefore I pour out praises to you: Glory to God in the

Prepare a place, while you’re waiting.
Prepare a place for the coming One.
Prepare a place and be patient.
While you wait for the coming One.

Wait for the coming One!
While you wait for the coming One!

Prepare your heart, while you’re waiting.
Prepare your heart for the coming One.
Set time aside and be quiet.
While you wait for the coming One.
~written by Michael W. Smith and Christine Dente from the album “Gloria”




One thought on “God Among Us: From Magnificent to Naked

  1. That’s it, Emily: the essence of what Christian discipleship truly means – as you write:
    “…we reflect the light he brings…”

    If one were to ask me (and a few have) what the term ‘Christian discipleship’ means in my life I would say (quickly and in no specific order):

    – counter-cultural in a post-Christian era
    – returning love for love
    – balm for a suffering world
    – selfless
    – demanding
    – joyful
    – rewarding
    – perilous
    – gratitude for gifts bestowed
    – cheerful obedience



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