From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Advent Beauty

You probably know that John Piper has been one of my spiritual and theological mentors during my recent growing years. While he’s a terrific public speaker and preacher, and I love his writing, you may be surprised to know that he’s also unafraid to try his hand at poetry. I ran across this on his website. May it be a blessing to you this Advent!

Tilting on her yearly track
Advent beauty circles back,
Flying faster with the years,
Hardly giving time for tears
First to dry upon the cheek—
Has it been more than a week
Since we laid both young and old
In the ground now winter cold?
Has there really been a spring
When the birds began to sing?
Has there been both summer, fall
Since the Baby in the stall
Called us with a Christmas bell
to sing, O Come, Immanuel?
Tilting on her yearly track
Advent beauty circles back,
Flying faster with the years—
Ah, but overtaking fears.
Let the Lord of advent lift
Every care (an early gift!);
See the Savior and the Son
Shine in advent candle one.

By John Piper. ©2012 Desiring God Foundation. Website: desiringGod.org

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