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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Luke 2:7 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”.  Topics:  2 at end.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”  (AKJV)  Read this scripture and more at

This Christmas hymn comes probably from 15th-century German origins (translated into English by Theodore Baker in 1894).
Its lyrics might be valued as highly worded, highly lyrical, as the writer calls Christ Jesus a Rose e‘er blooming.  The eternal blooming Rose. 

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

1 Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As men of old have sung.
It came, a flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-gone was the night.

2 Isaiah ‘twas foretold it,
The Rose I have in mind:
With Mary we behold it,
The virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright
She bore to men a Savior
When half-gone was the night.

3 This Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load

The verses make use of poetic license, as we do not know that Mary bore the baby Jesus “when half-gone was the night,” or that it was in the cold of winter.  But in spiritual reality, Jesus the Baby did come in the cold of winter, the winter in the human soul.  Those who know Christ as Savior can readily testify that before He comes into a life, it’s like winter.  This song has it that He was “a flower bright, amid the cold of winter . . .”  We picture a red, red rose blooming out its intensely red petals, large against a frozen landscape of glistening white snow.

He dispels darkness.  Glorious splendor overcomes it.

But the song mentions Jesus’ birthright, coming through King David’s father, Jesse.  The virgin birth is celebrated.  Mary had to have been kind, or God would not have chosen her to bear His only child.  The fragrance of Jesus?  Well, he would have had the sweet fragrance of a baby.  Did Mary and Joseph have powder and sweet lotion for Him? 

The incarnation:  “True man, yet very God.”  He saves us from sin and death.  Mankind’s load is lightened.

Lord, thank You for such beautiful poetic beauty in this old song.  Thank You for helping us see the Baby Jesus as a beautiful rose, as we consider the value of babies in the grand scale of our years.  Thank You for this poetically painted portrait of Him and His mother.

Topics:  Pray for mothers who are having a tough time with the reality of a coming baby, unplanned.  May Mary’s bravery and determination be an example of what it means to persevere in the face of unplanned circumstances.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/13 at 12:28 PM
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