The Worship Quote of the Week for (12/22/1998):

"The Nativity"
Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is another from the marvelous writings of C. S. Lewis,
1898-1963. This is the year we celebrate the centenary of Lewis' birth - and
here's a poem about the birth of Jesus.

Among the oxen (like an ox I'm slow)
I see a glory in the stable grow
Which, with the ox's dullness might at length
Give me an ox's strength.

Among the asses (stubborn I as they)
I see my Saviour where I looked for hay;
So may my beastlike folly learn at least
The patience of a beast.

Among the sheep (I like a sheep have strayed)
I watch the manger where my Lord is laid;
Oh that my baa-ing nature would win thence
Some woolly innocence.

- C. S. Lewis, from POEMS, edited by Walter Hooper, Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1977

[I pray that your Christmas celebration will be both wonderful and full of
wonder; that it will be a real holiday and also a very special holy day. "Let
every heart prepare him room."]

God rest you merry!

Chip Stam
Pastor of Worship and Music
Chapel Hill Bible Church
Chapel Hill, North Carolina