When Christmas turns to Bedlam,
And Bethlehem to hatred,
With chaos and oblivion,
And tempers all inflated.
When peace gives way to lying,
When sin consumes all living,
When closest kin are dying,
Is God His grace still giving?
Oh! Seek the Lord in prayer,
For He gives peace in Bedlam,
He conquered the Dismayer,
When He was born in Bedlam.
So trust Him and obey his word,
Renew you wonder at His birth.
If you are now raised up with Christ from the grave,
Selected, elected, by grace and through faith,
Baptized by the Spirit, thus blood-washed and saved,
Partakers in His resurrection.
Start looking to heaven – on things of above,
Where God reigns eternal in triunal love.
The home-land our fathers rebelled from for lusts,
Corrupted in twisted obsessions.
Your eyes set on heaven, not burdens of earth,
Creation still writhing in sin’s sordid birth.
Through food, money, sex, and your rest do God’s work,
Corruption is not your concession.
For you are now dead, and your life is in Christ,
Your hidden with God – the Almighty on high,
So sin has no power to rule in your life,
It is but a hollow impression.
With Christ in his glory – with Him – we revealed,
Eternal, ethereal, all horror repealed,
This heaven, our hearts are now blood-bought love-sealed,
Praise Jesus! Let all men confess Him!
Give comfort here to keep,
Your warfare is complete,
The martial foes are leveled low,
All darkness Christ defeats.
Give comfort – clearly said,
Your putrid sins have fled,
Forever past your saving lasts,
For dying now is dead.
Give comfort, joy and kind,
This double portion – mine!
I bless my King, salvation sing,
For Him I only pine.
Let voices vent in fens,
In deserts raise the hymn:
“Prepare a way; your paths make straight,
Jehovah comes to men!”
His glory is revealed,
As infant-voicing peeled,
All flesh shall see eternity,
The Word of God congealed.
Prepare to see His face,
Who put the world in place,
Move mountains great, vast valleys raise,
All leveled in His grace.
The Word became a man.
The Word forever stands.
With voices keen: the Word is seen.
Himself dared sin He damns!