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I sought him…

Posted by on Jan 20, 2008 in blog links, discipleship | Comments Off

Did you see this poem/hymn at Dave Black’s blog? I think it is a hymn called “Carol of the Epiphany” by John Bell. I think it goes along well with my post called “Won’t Get Fooled Again“.

I sought him dressed in finest clothes,
where money talks and status grows;
but power and wealth he never chose:
It seemed he lived in poverty.

I sought him in the safest place,

remote from crime or cheap disgrace;
but safety never knew his face:
It seems he lived in jeopardy.

I sought him where the spotlights glare,

where crowds collect and critics stare;
but no one knew his presence there:
It seemed he lived in obscurity.

Then, in the streets, we heard the word

that seemed, for all the world, absurd:
that those who could no gifts afford
were entertaining Christ the Lord.

And so, distinct from all we’d planned,

among the poorest of the land,
we did what few might understand:
We touched God in a baby’s hand.

So, where do you seek him?