By Carolyn Hittenberger
Christmas…for every tongue and tribe and nation
He came unnoticed to a Roman world of injustice, idolatry, and affluence.
He came unexpectedly to Israel who’d long forgotten He was promised.
He came announced by a star to scholars of renown in Eastern lands.
He came humbly to a world in chaos, to sin-infected humankind, to overcome…
A Global Crisis
He preached in busy cities, sleepy villages, marketplaces, and synagogues.
He attended weddings, religious celebrations, social events, and funerals.
He walked with Jewish fishermen, healed the son of a Roman centurion.
He stopped everything else to speak with Greek seekers…
A Global Outreach
He blessed children and rebuked hypocritical religious leaders.
He fed the hungry, spoke peace to storms, and wept for sin-sick cities.
He carried light to the darkness of this world and living water to its deserts.
He poured out His life in love for all the world, for every person…
A Global Sacrifice
Today He comes, sometimes unnoticed, to offer us salvation.
He grieves for lost cities and weeps for humanity’s rebellion.
He rebukes the inequities and excesses of our world.
He walks with us, touches us, and speaks peace to our storms…
A Global Hope
In freedom we hang stars and sing carols, proclaiming the Savior’s birth.
While forbidden lands and lives long dry flow quietly with Living Water,
A crimson cord encircles our world, joining
Commoners and kings, paupers and presidents.
Believers in every nation, kindred, and tribe,
Some in magnificent cathedrals,
Some at risk in secret places,
All who have met Jesus rejoice in…
A Global Celebration!
Carolyn Hittenberger is Assistant for the Caribbean Regional Director at Global University. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.