By: Ben Sholtes
Based on John 1:1-5 and this weeks sermon.
Light of Creativity
Deep darkness foams, total silence of night
Chaos nihilo, awaiting first Light
Divine Breath hovers, awaiting command
“Peace, be still” sovereign Word demands
Rushing of Wind, tumultuous Light!
Breaking forth, transforms the night
What was not...now no longer,
Divine Breath proves infinitely stronger
Disorder is tamed by Eternal plan:
The Word, the Light, O, Son of man!
Light of the World…He Spoke.
Light of Redemption
Man, Crown of creation stands
Kneels before Sovereign right hand
Blissful garden his to spread
Save one tree whose promise, dead
Finite we, slap Infinite's hand
On our own we vainly stand
In darkness amidst life’s crashing waves
Desperate, reaching, can any save?
"Peace be still” creation's Word doth cry
At last! Man no more may die
Light of the World…He Speaks.
Light of Expectation
We, your people in darkness wait
Silent, our word cannot create
Holy Word within, flickering, His breath!
Yea, divine light, which conquered death
Endure our chaos, soul's peace create
Emmanuel! Word speak, we wait
Proclaim your peace, our breakers still
Accomplish in us Creator's will
May our exile display your “Peace, be calm”
That all may know of heaven’s shalom
Light of the World...Speak!
Note from the author: Brothers and sisters, if you’re not accustomed to poetry, here are a few tips: Read the poem slowly and prayerfully. Expect multiple layers of meaning. It may even be helpful to read it several times. If something strikes you, stop and rest in the moment. Let the words connect to your life and invite you into prayer, even stillness before the Divine Word. As you feel led, turn your meditations into praise, thanksgiving, confession, or requests. Finding peace in our chaotic world will not come with a hurried spirit. Let this be an invitation into the Advent “Expectation” that Jesus is coming to bring us peace, especially in a season with many worldly distractions that so easily overwhelm us and steal our peace. May the Light of the World speak His peace to you!