Encounter Winter Scene

Here is the bleak midwinter scene the creative arts team installed at Encounter/Bible Fellowship Church last week. Concurrently, a dear friend, Hannah Frances Devol Thomas, released her debut CD In the Bleak Midwinter. The image and carol’s poetry have stirred in me a quiet waiting this Advent.

The poem was originally written by Christina Rossetti before 1872 in response to a request by a monthly magazine for a poem. It became popular as a Christmas carol after it was include in The English Hymnal in 1906 with a setting by Gustav Holst.

I hope these words speak to you as well and invite a quiet time of reflection during this unnecessarily busy season.

 In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
but his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
worshiped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
if I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him:  give my heart.

May you wait with quiet anticipation enjoying all the blessings of this season.

7 comments to Midwinter

  • Lynn Dempsey

    A longtime cherished reflection…..the bleakness of the landscape so enlivens Mary’s kiss.

    Here too, the busyness has fled and it is a morning of reflection writing letters to accompany two prayer shawls.


  • Lovely to have a message not be about shopping. Thank-you.

  • Helen

    Christmas Blessings to you all as our hearts wait quietly for the Saviour to come to us once more x

    Coming on
    The quiet words
    Scroll onto the page
    As your living word
    Scrolls into my heart
    And the light of the world
    Brims over the horizon
    And the light of your love
    Brims over my heart
    And in the early dark
    Of this December morn
    I welcome you
    My Jesus
    And your


  • Helen, that is beautiful! Love this post, Lynne, and the contemplation it leads us to.

  • Karen Mauro

    Beautiful post, Lynne. I so do appreciate the way you encourage your readers to have a reflective lifestyle. This year’s gifts exchanges have come and I can finally rest and reflect on what Christmas is really about and rejuvenate my soul. Merry Christmas to you, Lynne.

  • Sue Hockenmaier

    Beautiful!! A great reflection for this crazy time of year! Hannah Thomas sang it in church last week and it’s on her new album … so beautiful. Thank you and Merry Christmas, Lynne!

  • Deanna Bowling

    Merry Christmas, Lynne. I hope you and Robert are thoroughly enjoying the holidays. Your paper lace work is again beyond exquisite.

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