My goodness, Christmas carols are loaded with contrasts and paradoxes. And so am I. Good and bad. Deserved and undeserved. Earned and unearned. Beautiful and ugly.
Composed amidst the Cuban Missle Crisis (another background explanation)
“Said the shepherd boy … In your palace warm, mighty king,…
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold
Let us bring Him silver and gold…”
A boy petitions a king to bring kingly gifts to a child so lowly he lies outside warm shelter.
“Said the king to the people everywhere,
listen to what I say…”
A royal proclamation. What does he say? Bow down in homage, join me in conquest of other kingdoms? Of sorts:
“Pray for peace, people everywhere!”
Share your favorite carol lyrics and the paradoxical mysteries they raise inside you, below, please!