Here’s one the great hymns of the faith. No meditation on the greatness of the incarnation is a waste of time. All meditation on the greatness of what God was doing in the work of Christ is productive for our spiritual growth in grace and in the power of our witness in the world. I love the last stanza.
Steve Miller, Detroit, MI, writes the following:
William Walsham How served a rural congregation on the Welsh border for 28 years and then ministered in London’s East End. He loved children and wrote hymns for them. One of them began like this: “It is a thing most wonderful, almost too wonderful to be, that God’s own Son should come from heaven, and die to save a child like me.”
William How also loved the Bible. On his symbolic pastoral staff, he engraved the words of St. Bernard: “Pasce verbo, Pasce vita,” which means “Feed with the Word, feed with the Life.” – Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton.
“O WORD OF GOD INCARNATE”
O Word of God incarnate, O wisdom from on high,
O truth unchanged, unchanging, O light of our dark sky;
We praise thee for the radiance that from the hallowed page,
A lantern to our footsteps, shines on from age to age.
The church from her dear Master received the gift divine,
And still that light she lifteth o’er all the earth to shine.
It is the golden casket, where gems of truth are stored;
It is the heav’n-drawn picture of Christ, the Living Word.
It floateth like a banner before God’s host unfurled;
It shineth like a beacon above the darkling world.
It is the chart and compass that o’er life’s surging sea,
’Mid mists and rocks and quicksands, still guides, O Christ, to thee.
O make thy church, dear Savior, a lamp of purest gold,
To bear before the nations thy true light, as of old.
O teach thy wand’ring pilgrims by this their path to trace,
Till, clouds and darkness ended, they see thee face to face.
Author: William Walsham How, 1867
May God draw your heart to the greatness of who he is that your heart might enlarge with a joy that can’t be contained.