as interpreted by
Deborah Beach Giordano
© December 25, 2009
The people who stumbled in darkness
have been given a bright lamp;
those who dwelled in chill darkness
have felt radiant warmth.
The few are now the many –
and our joy increases daily.
It is as if we’ve won the lottery;
as if all our debts are paid,
and all of our worries vanquished
For the troubles that weighed us down,
the fears that disturbed our sleep,
the sins and shortcomings
that poisoned our lives have been cast out.
It is as if we’ve been born anew:
fresh-faced and cheerful,
pure of heart and hopeful of spirit.
For the hatred and greed and envy,
the violence and the anger
have been burned up into ashes.
For a Child was born for us –
a gift to us, who rules above all;
and he is called Wonderful Counselor,
Prince of Peace.
As His reign expands,
there will be peace
forever and ever
for all people
It will be built upon
This is what
God’s love for us