January 6, 2013

Sonnet for Epiphany

Posted in Creation, Epiphany, Hope at 10:37 pm by Teresa Roberts Johnson

Born on day four with a host of other twinkling lights
Created to count days and seasons, months and years,
The star beamed out through numerous unchanging nights,
Joining the great celestial dance with countless shining spheres.
A minor player, yet content God’s glory to declare,
The star remained unnoticed by beleaguered man
Until a special glory it was called to share.
The glory of the One Light beamed in orient land
To call the Gentile seers to seek the promised King.
Their journey was with highest hope spurred on.
From half a world away they trudged, their gifts to bring,
As starlight’s rays connected earth to heaven’s dawn.
Obscure the star, obscure the Magi from the east as well.
Then Christ-Light beamed on all, their darkness to dispel.

Copyright © 2013 by Teresa Roberts Johnson (All rights reserved)

This poem might be described as Genesis 1 meets Psalm 19, Matthew 2, and John 1. The interesting thing about the birth of our Lord is that every one of the people who took the time and effort to believe God’s word and come to see Him for themselves went away joyful. But those who did not desire the Light could neither be drawn nor illumined by it, namely Herod and the chief priests and scribes. There is no way to fathom the deceptive wickedness of Herod, who pretended to want to worship our Lord, while all the time plotting against Him (bringing to mind Genesis 3:15). There will always be opposition to the clear truth of Christ. But the Light cannot be extinguished. Dawn will break, and it will encompass the world.

Started and finished on The Feast of The Epiphany, 2013.


  1. Another good one; thanks, Sister.


    • Teresa Roberts said,

      Thank you so much, Father!


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