The World is Waiting

'The World is Waiting'
Dear Friends,

Today's post is a poem by Malcolm Duncan, used with his permission:

‘The World is Waiting.’
Bated breath and freezing air,
Expectation everywhere.
In Gerrard’s Cross, Chalfont Heights,
Homes and Hearts turn on the lights
For Christmas Time is coming
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick tock, tick...

Children wait with saucer-eyes
Trying to contain their smiles
Parents hope they’ve done enough
Or do the kids need some more ‘stuff’
For Christmas Time is coming
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick...

And behind next door’s curtain
The Joneses aren’t that certain
About the point of all of this?
There must be more to Christmas
But there’s so much still to do
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock, Tick...

It’s the secret no-one speaks,
No-where seen on Wiki-Leaks!
But everyone can sense it,
We all yearn to confess it,
We’re waiting for something more-
For someone behind the door.
For Hope to keep us going,
For Love to keep us growing,
And Christmas time is coming
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick...

There has to be more than this
Can we see through the mist
Is God really, truly there?
Does ‘He’ or ‘It’ really care?
And Christmas time is coming
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick...
The answer lies in a box
Found beside the ass and ox
Eternity within time
The Reason, Rhythm and the Rhyme
Of Life, of Hope, of Meaning
Within a manger screaming
For Christmas time is coming
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick

So watch the watch and listen
The clock is tick, tick, ticking
Hold your breath and remember
The 25th of December...
The world still needs a Saviour
And God could not be clearer
He came once to Bethlehem
But rest assured, He’ll come again.
For Christmas time is coming,
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick, tock, tick...


Crack open the champagne
For Christ our Saviour came
And we can never be the same!
Let’s celebrate, let’s dance, let’s sing
Worship Christ our Saviour King!

Turn on the lights, turn up the sound
God in mercy has come down!
We’ll enter in, hold nothing back
Telling Jane and Steve and Jack
That God came down in Israel
And in that moment darkness fell
And light arose and hope was born
And joy was given and sadness shorn

For Christ has come to walk with us
On footpath, railway, car and bus

For Christmas time has come
And light and love have won

Adore the Son
Who rises
For us!
Enter in,
For Christ has come
Our God
Our King!

(c) Malcolm Duncan Christmas, 2010.

Malcolm Duncan is the Lead Pastor at Goldhill Baptist Church. He is also a preacher, writer and a leader of Spring Harvest.

You can connect with him on his Facebook page: RevMalcolmDuncan 
And on Twitter: @malcolmjduncan

Many people enjoy reading the #niteblessing which he publishes on both his Facebook page and Twitter.

To Think About:
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, how will you prioritise time to celebrate the birth of Christ our King?

Meditate on how the birth of Christ has brought the gifts of peace, love, hope, and joy to your life.

In what ways can you share with others the real reason for celebrating Christmas?


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