Ponder Nothing Earthly Minded

“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.”
   – from John 1


The magnitude of these words cannot be overstated.
This is the focal point of the whole Bible;
This is the most unfathomable truth ever penned;
This is God’s Christmas gift to the world;
This is mankind’s only, sure hope:
“The Word became flesh . . .”The more we know God, the more incredible this is:
He is Yahweh, the great “I Am”
He created heaven and earth;
Before Him angels cry “Holy, holy, holy.”
His shekinah glory hovered over the temple
He spoke through the prophets, saying:
“Be still and know that I am God;”
“I will not share my glory with another.”
“I am God and not a man;”
“To whom will you compare me?”

And when the Word, who was with God, and is God
became flesh and dwelt among us,
The Father spoke from heaven saying,
“This is my beloved Son; listen to Him!”

Therefore . . .

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,

And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.
King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth he stood,
Lord of Lords in human vesture,
In the body and the blood
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.
Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.
At his feet the six winged seraph;
Cherubim sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice the cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, Lord most high!”
~Pastor Bert Hitchcock


One thought on “Ponder Nothing Earthly Minded

  1. Thank you Bert! Your post eloquently captures the holy wonder of the incarnation. I’m passing it on to my new friends at First Presbyterian Church of Bellingham — pastor Doug Bunnell and choir director Becky Elmendorf, as this hymn is also our Advent theme this year. Organ, choir, congregation, praise team — all expressing this hymn. And the sermon and communion text yesterday (Sunday) was John 1. Thank you, Bert and Jane, for blessing us and this community — it is a joy and privilege to pass that blessing to others as God calls us to places we wouldn’t have expected — but places He planned! A joyous Christmas to you and yours! In the joy and wonder of Jesus, Son of God, Savior — Gerald and Tammy Rutgers

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