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Like Walking on Water: A Christmas Poem by a Seminary Graduate

  
  
  

A guest post by Thomas Worth, master of divinity and doctor of ministry graduate of Northeastern Seminary:

Like Walking on Water
By Thomas Worth
A Christmas Sermon for 2011 

ChristmastextLike walking on water He came to us
When the night was half spent
And the wind was against us.
When our best efforts could not move us any further…

Like walking on water He came to us,
In the impossibility of the Virgin,
In the wide eyes of her wonder,
In the humility of her trust.

Like walking on water He came to us:
In the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost,
In the brooding of the Spirit of God
Over the face of the waters of our humanity.

Like walking on water He came to us:
When from the mountainside of heaven
He saw that we were in trouble and toiling,
Toiling against sorrow and sin,
Against the chaos that would whelm over us.

Like walking on water He came to us:
On the fluid, turbulent upheaval of our condition—
Neither hovering above it nor sinking beneath it,
But in contact with the troubled sea of our humanity,
Touched with the feeling of our weaknesses and infirmities.

Like walking on water He came to us:
Solid and real, not a ghost, but Incarnate,
He took hold of the gunwales of our nature with his bare hands
And hoisted Himself into the same boat we are in.

Like walking on the water He came to us,
In the familiar miracle, the startling humility of his birth,
Displaying who He really is and helping us remember
From the heart what we had failed to understand.

Like walking on the water He came to us,
Born to Mary and Joseph long ago
Born our Savior, Christ the Lord,
Coming to us in the fourth watch of the night
And saying, “Take heart! It is I! Do not be afraid!”

Tom Worth, D.Min. 07, M.Div. 03
Community Covenant Church
Manlius, N.Y. 

Comments

realy nice posts on your blog. thank for sharing I always reading your blog.
Posted @ Friday, January 06, 2012 7:31 AM by babysitter games
This is beautiful...it has a touch of sublimity. Thank you for it. The Lord really does love us. As He told Moses anciently, "this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (read the scripture—verse 39—at http://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/moses/1?lang=eng). God's work is a labor of love, and it has never ended. He is still working for our true happiness and salvation, and He will not cease His work until l He has saved all who choose to be saved by Him.
Posted @ Thursday, January 26, 2012 11:49 AM by Cassidy
This is really great poem you have, so inspiring and touching. Hope you make more of this kind of stuff.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 23, 2012 2:29 AM by wow gold
Thomas, you are my inspiration. I love to collect your poem, waiting for your new series.
Posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 11:48 PM by joey theft attorney
This is really very inspiring poem. I liked the way you have compared all the beautiful creature in this world.
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Wow, what an inspiring poem. I appreciate the way you have connected each and every statement.
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Las camisetas de real madrid 
, que en algún momento cercano a 1930 eran de toalla, ahora están fabricadas con poliéster, pero bien podrían estar moldeadas con oro. 
 
Posted @ Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:35 PM by xopew
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