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July 05, 2005

Christmas in July - Brain Candy Edition

by John Donne

Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb,
Now leaves His well-belov'd imprisonment,
There He hath made Himself to His intent
Weak enough, now into the world to come;
But O, for thee, for Him, hath the inn no room?
Yet lay Him in this stall, and from the Orient,
Stars and wise men will travel to prevent
The effect of Herod's jealous general doom.
Seest thou, my soul, with thy faith's eyes, how He
Which fills all place, yet none holds Him, doth lie?
Was not His pity towards thee wondrous high,
That would have need to be pitied by thee?
Kiss Him, and with Him into Egypt go,
With His kind mother, who partakes thy woe.

Posted by Dan at July 5, 2005 11:00 AM

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Beautiful poem. It's funny you should quote John Donne today. I am reading Philip Yancy's Soul Survivor, and today am reading Chapter 9 which is about John Donne. Yancy's description of Donne's struggles when he thought he was dying of the plague reminded me a little bit of you. He fought death as you are, and lived many more years than was predicted.(He didn't have the plague after all.) Although I don't doubt your diagnosis, I pray your prognosis is much better than anyone has imagined.

Posted by: red fish at July 5, 2005 06:31 PM

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