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What Wonder Filled the Starry Night

 “…there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.” Luke 2:8-9

What wonder filled the starry night

          When Jesus came with heralds bright!

I marvel at His lowly birth,    

          That God for sinners stooped to earth.


His splendor laid aside for me,

          While angels hailed His Deity,

And shepherds on their knees in fright

          Fell down in wonder at the sight.


The child who is the Way, the Truth,

          Who pleased His Father in His youth,

Through all His days the Law obeyed,

          Yet for its curse His life He paid.         


What drops of grief fell on the site

          Where Jesus wrestled through the night,

Then for transgressions not His own,

          He bore my cross and guilt alone.


What glorious Life arose that day

          When Jesus took death’s sting away!

His children raised to life and light,

          To serve Him by His grace and might.


One day the angel hosts will sing,  

          “Triumphant Jesus, King of kings!” 

Eternal praise we’ll shout to Him

          When Christ in splendor comes again!


          Douglas Bond (December 16, 2010)

What Wonder Filled the Starry Night (Long Meter, LM,


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