Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Song For An Inclusive Christmas

Here's a song I wrote for a Christmas concert a few years ago, set to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy.



Children, hear the Christmas story
Ages old and yet still new
How the Lord of power and glory
Came to earth a child like you
 

Born to simple village parents
In a stable filled with beasts
To remind us of his promise
That the greatest is the least.


Bethlehem now calls us homeward
Find the stable bathed in light
Enter in, behold the baby
Ruler of both day and night.

Bring your gifts of joy and friendship
 

Hearts that love are never small
 

Clothe the naked, serve the homeless:

 

Peace on earth, good will to all.


Fast away the old world passes,
Hail the new sun in the sky
 

Casting beams of love and blessing
Bringing peace that never dies.
 

Join your hands with those beside you
Let the walls between us fall:
 

Greet the stranger, feed the hungry
Peace on earth, good will to all.
 


Build the road of peace before us
Build it wide and deep and long
 

Shield the slow, remind the eager
Help the weak and guide the strong
 

None shall push aside another,
None shall let another fall
 

Sing with us the Christmas message:
Peace on earth, good will to all!

3 comments:

Entropy said...

Beautiful like finding simplicity in this Age of Distraction.

It’s about finding the focus you need to create, to work on what’s important, to reflect, to find peace.

Gratitude for sharing your thoughts and World..



Empty-handed I entered the world
Barefoot I leave it.
My coming, my going –
Two simple happenings
That got entangled.”

~ Kozan Ichikyo

Anonymous said...

absolutely beautiful!!!!

Mamta

Anonymous said...

A Holiday Thought...

Aren't humans amazing? They kill wildlife - birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and fatal - health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for "Peace on Earth."

~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald's Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

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