See him lying on a bed of straw:
a draughty stable with an open door;
Mary cradling the babe she bore
the prince of glory is his name.
Mine are riches, from your poverty,
from your innocence, eternity;
mine, forgiveness by your death for me,
child of sorrow for my joy.
Reflection. These are the first and last verses of Michael Perry's Calypso Carol. We journey to Bethlehem and view the manger scene. And then Perry paints a sweeping picture of the results of the incarnation and the rewards we garner from the life of Jesus. He counterpoints all our gains with all the costs that Jesus endured for us. Some folk think this a simple children's carol. It may be simple, but it is equally profound.
Thanksgiving. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving up so much for me. Amen