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L is for Lowly

A note from Lauren Alexandro, the author of today's devotions:

Sisters and brothers, 
I don't know what I was thinking when I signed up for the letter L on our Alphabetical Advent Devotionals. The situation didn't alter as I sat down to write. L is for Lowly. It's realizing you don't know what to write, even though you volunteered to write something. It's a little baby in a manger and his terrified parents beside him. It's sheer shock over the hairs on my head and your head being counted and known to God. Without much insight, but with great love for the uniqueness of human nature and the deepfelt glory of God, I offer up some lowly poems. 
Love,
Lauren Alexandro 

Lowly

At Christmas I love to sing
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity

I can hear the splendor of Christ's birth.
Brilliant star in the sky
Choir of angels
A blessing upon our lowly state.

At Christmas I love to sing
Mild he lays his glory by
Born that man no more may die

I can hear the messiness of Christ's birth.
Dry straw in the manger
Choir of cattle
Taking on our lowly state.

***

Some Savior

I've always admired a special spider
for her use of adjectives.
 
I take my compliments from 
her lovely web.

That clever arachnid knows words 
like terrific and radiant.

She also pays the compliment 
of humble.

A nicer way
to say lowly.

And so our savior comes into this world.
Terrific, radiant, lowly.

Some savior.

***

L is for Lowly

L is for lowly
a carpenter's son

L is for lowly
godhead three in one


L is for lowly
friend of the tax collector

L is for lowly
simple sheep protector 


L is for lowly
in a manger stall

L is for lowly
on the cross for all

-Lauren Alexandro