His 'Day After'

By  Fr. Raby
  • December 19, 2006

Among the still Judean hills
Where shepherds grazed their sheep,
Angelic song like sudden dawn
Woke slumberers from sleep.

Though startled so, they did not know
That heaven had contrived,
To tell through them, good news to men.
"Day after" had arrived.

No rain of bombs in megatonnes
To tear and break the earth
No searing fire, but angels' choir
Announcing Jesus' birth.

A promise old, His birth foretold,
This Saviour who would come.
In Him who lay in manger hay
Salvation had begun.

"Day after" is, the time since His
Coming as man to earth,
Reversed the fall, gave hope to all.
Redemption had its birth.

No scheming man for all his plan
Could overcome with might,
What Mary's child had reconciled
By humble birth that night.

No force so strong, no reign so long
could change the heart of men,
As God was able, in a stable,
Through a babe in Bethlehem.

And since that birth, no place on earth
Can ever be the same
For 'twas earth's Lord shepherds adored,
The day that Jesus came.

In weakness odd, the strength of God
Lay in a tiny child
A voiceless herald to save the world
That sin and death defiled.

A world deranged, forever changed
O shout with joy and laughter!
Since Jesus came, we're not the same,
We've living His "Day after"!

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