Angels We Have Heard on High – Day 19 – Holiday Haiku

Angels We Have Heard on High – Day 19 – Holiday Haiku

Welcome to day 19 of our Holiday Haiku Challenge   Today’s charge is to write a haiku inspired by the carol   Angels We Have Heard on High.   Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heav’nly song? Come to Bethlehem and see Him Whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King. See Him in a manger laid, Whom the choirs of angels praise; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, While our hearts in love we raise.  (James Chadwick, 1862)     We perceive the unknown through the filter of our knowing minds. But we cannot imagine the unimaginable. So we use our imaginations. Angels are not human who have sprouted wings at the ringing of a bell. They are creatures all their own, created by the same Creator that filled Adam’s nostrils with earth’s first breath. It is all poetry. And here we are, trying desperately to cram this unknown brilliance into the confines of 17 short syllables....
Christmas Hospitality – Day 18 – Holiday Haiku

Christmas Hospitality – Day 18 – Holiday Haiku

Welcome to Day 18 of our Holiday Haiku Challenge If you’ve missed any of our series, head on over to the beginning. Today’s charge is to write 17 syllables inspired by the truly Christlike quality of   Christmas Hospitality     The Hospitality of Heaven by Kris Camealy   As we prepare our Christmas table, I am continually laid low by the hospitality of heaven, that God would send His own Son to be our Host, to show us what it means to make room for one another. Jesus’ coming reminds me to make a habit of preparing not only room for God in my own heart, but that I would make an effort to invite God-in-the-hearts of others to join me at the banquet as well. His Word reminds that by doing so, we may be entertaining angels unaware. May we be willing to open our hearts, our doors, and our tables to others in all seasons, inspired by Jesus’ own generosity and graceful example. May we receive Him daily, and offer Him to those who hunger and thirst after that which alone satisfies eternally.   Kris Camealy is a sequin-wearing, homeschooling mother of four. She’s passionate about faith, family, friends, and food. A slow-comer to the notion of God’s grace, Kris has “tasted and seen” and longs to see others filled with the same grace that transformed her heart. She’s been known to take gratuitous pictures of her culinary creations, causing mouths to water all across Instagram. Kris is the founder of GraceTable and the author of the book, Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement and the follow up, Companion Workbook....
Christmas Carols – Day 17 – Holiday Haiku Challenge

Christmas Carols – Day 17 – Holiday Haiku Challenge

Welcome to Day 17 of our Holiday Haiku Challenge Today’s guest is Alle McCloskey from Finding Eden Media. Alle’s day-to-day is filled with old children’s books, large doses of refrigerator art, life-giving music and the world’s best cuddles from her two favorite little people. She prays that by infusing her messy-but-beautiful nest with worship and creativity, they too will learn to become followers of the King. Passionate to see the online conversation filled with the redemptive work of Jesus, she and her husband document the creative journey of brand building and story crafting at Finding Eden Media — where they blend work and play as a freelance family! You can also connect with them over on Instagram — their favorite place to socialize and share online!     Today’s Challenge is to create a haiku based on the inspiration of… Christmas Carols Perhaps you could select your favorite carol as the centerpiece of your writing, or head in a more general sense of how these Christmas songs find a place in your holiday traditions! Christmas Carols by Alle McCloskey This past February, my Valentine surprised me with a portable record player and now our entire family has caught the vinyl bug! We look for new records to add to our collection everywhere we go — consignment shops, thrift stores, specialty record spots, and amazon are some of our favorites!  Our boys’ favorite record is called, Spectacular Space Hits and features themes from Star Wars, Superman, Star Trek, and more. As a result they can now sing Darth Vader’s Theme, the Cantina Band Theme, and Yoda’s Theme from memory. It’s become a bit of...
Jesus was a Child – Day 16 – Holiday Haiku Challenge

Jesus was a Child – Day 16 – Holiday Haiku Challenge

Welcome to Day 16 of our Holiday Haiku Challenge. Today’s writing prompt, purposed to inspire 17 syllables of your own, is the following quote by Charles Dickens: “It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” (Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol)     Speaking of the Christ-child, I recently discovered an author online who wrote a series of holiday haiku two years back. Coincidentally, Luke Knight also penned a beautiful little book last year, entitled, When God was Little (download it for free!) Here’s a summary – because it all pares so beautifully with today’s holiday haiku challenge, Jesus was a child.   Grown-up Jesus walked the walk. Baby Jesus crawled the crawl. This is a small book about a big story. We’ll ask questions like these together: How did Jesus’ life start? What made Jesus so special? How does Jesus’ life potentially inform our view of the divine? Once we start thinking about the stable, and the hay, and baby Jesus on the lam from nasty old King Herod, we begin to experience the wonder of the Christmas story. Visions of a distant, unfeeling, tyrannical God subside, and a new vision of an intentional, relatable, humble Jesus begins to inform our perspective of the divine.   Download your own free copy of When God was Little....
Search me O God at Christmastime – day 15 – holiday haiku

Search me O God at Christmastime – day 15 – holiday haiku

Welcome to day 15 of our Holiday Haiku Challenge Today our challenge is to pen a haiku inspired by Psalm 139:23-24   Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)   A Heart Like His by Katie M. Reid Matthew 2:1-4 “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.” About a month ago I learned something new about Herod through our Precept bible study on Matthew. “Herod was an Edomite who bore the title, ‘King of the Jews.’ Edomites were descendants of Esau, the brother of Jacob” (pg. 11, Precept Ministries International, Matthew Part 1, Lesson 1). Remember how Esau gave up his birthright to Jacob for some stew? (See Genesis 25:29-34 and Genesis 27). Esau forfeited his future position for a here-today-gone-tomorrow portion. So, since Herod was an Edomite, he did not have the same royal security as King David’s line did—the line of blessing from which Jacob came. Psalm 89:3-4 “You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to...
Herod – Day 14 – Holiday Haiku Challenge

Herod – Day 14 – Holiday Haiku Challenge

 Welcome to Day 14 of our Holiday Haiku Challenge     Today’s guest, Kelli Stuart, is a writer and a storyteller at heart. The author behind the wildly popular blog Minivans Are Hot.com, Kelli has traveled extensively, constantly honing her craft at weaving words into tales as she experiences life and the world. Kelli can now be found at KelliStuart.com where she shares her encouraging message to never give up on your dreams and passions with mothers who often feel lost in their mothering tasks. Kelli currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her perpetually patient husband and their four rambunctious children.     Today’s Challenge is to write a haiku inspired by the earthly enemy of Jesus, the protagonist in our Christmas story: King Herod     In the Shadow of the Enemy by Kelli Stuart   I heard a sermon not too long ago about the birth of Christ. It was one of those heady sermons that you wish you could listen to over and over, because the information was so deep and rich that you couldn’t wrap your mind around one sentence before the pastor moved on to another. He drilled down deep into the birth of the Savior. He went beyond the manger and the wise men, and he told us of the irrefutable evidence for Christ’s miraculous birth. From the eclipse that likely hung a large, bright star over Bethlehem, to the time and date stamps that were most probable to Jesus’ birth, the sermon was one giant revelation from beginning to end. And then he hit the crux of his story. The climax, the birth,...