Seven Christmas Haiku

The fullness of time—
Jesus, only Son of God,
leaves the Father’s throne.
Angels light the sky—
Jesus, the hope of the world,
sleeps in a manger.
“Magnify the Lord!”—
Jesus, the incarnate Word,
hears his mother sing.
Shepherds run to see—
Jesus, shepherd of the flock,
wins the hearts of men.
Wise men read the stars—
Jesus, the King of all kings,
receives royal gifts.
Chisel, hammer, saw—
Jesus, who sustains all things,
aids in Joseph’s work.
Oh, what love! What grace!—
Jesus, Lord, Emmanuel,
comes to save his own.

Timothy Shaw
December 4, 2014