How He Entered

Each day this week, I’ll be sharing from a series of five Advent poems I wrote for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle. I hope they will bless you as you prepare for the coming of Christmas.

 

How He Entered

“…a son, a male child, who will rule all nations with an iron scepter.”
-Revelation 12:5

 

He entered, not a barn, not a hay-filled nursery,
but a galaxy, a kingdom groaning for his rule.

He arrived, not from a young woman, trembling
and homeless, but a queen enthroned in stars.

We saw him, one fleshy hand raised in reflex,
as if in his infancy, we might grasp deliverance.

He was found, not in David’s town, not in swaddling
cloths, an unknown child wiggling in straw,

but as a hero in royal thread, a sorcerer,
whose tap of scepter sends the dragon scurrying in fear.

He came, not to angelic song above hills of sheep,
not to glittering starlight that drew kings,

but to a symphony in which treble clefs are undone,
in which the blaze of fire melts the physical to gold.

He came, not to silence, not to bowing camels,
not to carolers in moonlight, not to candles,

not to peace, not to our praises, our prayers, our holy.
He came not to power, not to battle, not to shouts of glory.

He came in weakness, in furious rule, a God in infancy.
He came. Receive the mystery.

© Micha Boyett Hohorst, 2010. All rights reserved. Please do not reprint or post without attribution.
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6 responses to “How He Entered

  1. They are all just beautiful, Micha. So powerful. This is my favorite, though.

    “but to a symphony in which treble clefs are undone”….my favorite line. I love the thought that his very coming changed everything. Our old melodies would never be heard again. His coming makes it all new and like nothing we’ve ever heard before.

    Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas, friend!

  2. Thanks for sharing your Advent poems with us, Micha. The church needs poets, and I’m so pleased your faith community makes room for your gifting. Peace!

  3. Ken Grant

    Thanks for refocusing us on the mystery – awesome poem!

  4. Susie

    Thank you for causing me to contemplate the mystery. I think that is all too often forgotten. Beautifully composed.

  5. Thank you all for the support, friends. So grateful to have you as readers!

  6. Sam

    Oh, Micha. This is just beyond beautiful. Yes, I love the thought and (Truth) that his birth changed everything for us.

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