A Spoken Word Poem for Christmas

This was a poem I wrote a few years ago and I decided to put it together in a video. Christianity really is a Rags to Riches story. We were outcasts, alone, and broken and through Jesus we are transformed into royalty. We who were nothing are adopted by God. But this story also has a Riches to Rags twist because the same Jesus who was a king became a baby in a manger for us. 

Here is the full text: 

this christianity thing is a real rags to riches storylike cinderella going from ashes to ball gowns, from servant to princess

It’s like david going from shepherd to king, like gideon transformed from coward to warrior

like annie the orphan becoming annie warbucks like luke discovering the heritage of the force or Repunzle finding out she is the lost princess

There is something that happens with us, in us for us, when we start this

this

this

Life, abundant life that God has given us

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

The true light that gives light to everyone came into the world.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believedin his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believedin his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

and that’s the rags to riches story

those of us who were outcasts are invited in

those who were enemies are made families

those who were orphans are made son

those who had nothing are made heirs

heirs with Christ, co-heirs with the savior

It is a real rags to riches story

that all starts with a riches to rags twist

when God himself came down to us

When God took on flesh and dwelt with us

All hail the incarnate deity

the deity in form as us

and so we stand here at Christmas time and worship God,

because the king took on flesh and became lowly

so that we who are broken could become holy

so that we who were alone could be wholly known.

Known by God and so that we could know him

and so come to him

all who are broken

who are lost

who are alone

who are worried

who are orphans

come to him and hear him whisper to you a new name.

Hear him invite you into his family

Hear him invite you into his family as God himself says you are my child.

Now go, and tell the world.

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