That Angel and Shepherd Moment

That angel and shepherd moment
That night on the side of a hill
When the heavens poured out their glory
And showered the earth in God’s will

The stuff of myth – this improbable story
About a king born of virgin birth
The prophecies fulfilled in this moment
Changed the very fabric of earth

The angels sang; the heavens rang
The shepherd bowed their knees in awe
An angel said, “be not afraid”
So the shepherds left their flocks to worship
The infant Son of God

That angel and shepherd moment
On a hillside long ago
When messengers from heaven came
And set the winter night aglow

So we celebrate that moment
When angels held the shepherds in awe
When the mystery broke into history
To praise the newborn Son of God

12/20/2020 Donald Paul Harris

Our Tears Cry Out

(from Malachi)

We stand on ancient promises
We walk in ancient faith
Though we’re surrounded by voices of arrogance
Your fire lights our way

We live within this mystery
You’re our salvation song
So we return to you in obedience
To dwell within our God

[chorus] Our tears cry out and break the heavens
Holy God, let your spirit flow down
Drench our hearts in the rain of repentance
Holy God, heal our nation now

The storms rage outside
But in your presence is perfect peace
So even as our hearts cry out
We rest in you; we rest in you

So we stand in confidence
We stand in childlike faith
We simply rest within your presence
And trust you’ll guide our way

copyright 2020 Donald Paul Harris

In The Year of Things As They Ought Not Be

In the year of things
As they ought not be
If we keep our heads down
We fail to see
That all around us
In the midst of chaos
Joy is bursting forth

In the year of things
As we wish they weren’t
We can run from the fire
And still get burnt
But the God who is for us
Leads us in a chorus
And joy is bursting forth

In the year of things
That are falling apart
We can lift our eyes
And guard our hearts
Yes, this life is painful
But, our God is faithful
And joy is bursting forth

In the year that feels
Like a dumpster fire
Our nerves are shot
And our hearts are tired
But the God who sees us
Has come to redeem us
And joy is bursting forth

In the year of empires
Crumbling down
The waters are rising
And we fear we might drown
But the King of all nations
Secures our salvation
And joy is bursting forth

In the year of things
As they ought not be
If we lift our eyes
We are sure to see
That all around us
Are friends that love us
And joy is bursting forth

Donald Paul Harris Nov 15, 2020

Habakkuk

How long, O Lord, shall I cry
til you come and rescue me?
I see violence on every side
In this Valley of Iniquity

Where the law is paralyzed
And justice cannot be found
For the wicked surround the righteous
Who hold fast on holy ground

[chorus] I want to know what’s on the other side
I want more of you in my life
Leave the things of this world behind
And give me more, more, more – of you

I will watch through the dark of night
To hear the prayers of the righteous rise
I will take my stand at my post
To watch and wait for the Lord of Hosts

He speaks stars into being with a word
He calms the heart of a fearful child
I know He hears me when I cry
Though I sit alone in the night

Copyright 2020 Donald Paul Harris

Everything Is Upside Down

Everything is upside down
The king isn’t wearing a crown
A donkey stands near where he lays
In a rough wooden trough filled with hay

His mother looks down into his eyes
And through a gentle tear breaks a smile
Though the future of his reign is secure
Her tears are shed for the pain he will endure

Holy, holy, infant child
Born this day in manger mild
Holy, holy, angels came
Peace on Earth would they proclaim

Copyright 12/27/2020 Donald Paul Harris