Poem: A Riches to Rags Twist

this Christianity thing is a real rags to riches story
like 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 Rapunzel 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 believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in 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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