The Cloth

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In plain white cloth of earthen yarn
They wrapped Him after He was born.
A wooden manger held Him here,
God’s precious Son, the Kingdom’s heir.

A Friend of Man and Heart of God,
There in this earth’s brown, filthy sod,
He lay and let this world behold
The plan of God for man unfold.

In plain white cloth of earthen thread,
They wrapped Him after He was dead.
He placed those linen on the ground,
As He from death Himself unbound.

For in these worldly cloths we see,
Christ keeps His own not bound but free;
That God Himself came down to dwell
In life and death – Emmanuel.

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27 responses to “The Cloth”

  1. Inspired insights, for sure: 1) to see Jesus in swaddling cloths, and again in burial cloths, and 2) to observe that Jesus was bound that we might be free. Praise God! And thank you, Heidi, for sharing your beautiful and thought-provoking poetry-gift with us.

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    1. Praise God, indeed, dear Nancy. Thank you for stopping and taking the time to let me know what you think. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas!

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  2. You pretty much “wrapped up” God’s whole redemptive story in one short poem! Awesome! And beautiful, as the others have said. Blessings.

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    1. Interestingly, I wrote a short devotional last year with that title. If you like, you can read it here. https://heidiviars.com/2014/12/28/wrapped-up
      Blessings, dear brother as you continue to spread the Good News in your part of the blogging world (and in the real one, too :-))

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      1. Thanks. I will read your devotional. Thanks for your part on spreading the Good News, too! Blessings to you and your family this Christmas season!

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  3. Beautiful sharing of the true meaning of Christmas, Heidi.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    1. Thank you, dearest Wendy, for stopping by. Blessing to you and your family as well!

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  4. Thank you Heidi, beautiful post.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Stephen!

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  5. What a beautiful, hope-filled poem!! Thanks for sharing. :0)

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    1. We serve a beautiful, hope-filled God, don’t we! Thanks for stopping in, Juliet

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  6. Beautiful photo. I was sitting in church this morning, and one of the scriptures read related to “the strips of cloth” swaddling the babe in the manger, and I got this same image of Christ in the burial cloths! I’m sure there’s a devotional in this. 🙂

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    1. I shared my thoughts about it here https://heidiviars.com/2014/12/28/wrapped-up last year. I would love to hear what you think and if you write a devotional, please share 🙂 Thanks, dear Patti.

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  7. Oh My, oh my oh my! What a lovely telling of the meaning of Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, dear sister, for reading and blessing me with you comments!

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      1. Ohh, you’re Always Welcome!

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      2. PS–thanks to your interest and research, I’ve posted an update on the “Piano playing homeless man”. I’m so grateful you told me about what happened “next”–now we can pray that God brings him into his true destiny, Exciting!!

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        1. That was a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing it (and the follow-up).

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          1. I’m praying this is a Christmas miracle–recovery and restoration, full redemption for this man and his son, both their lives. Our God Can Do It!!

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  8. Wow, lovely post. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you for stopping in and for reading.

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  9. Heidi… This is so lovely and shows the true spirit of our Lord and Savior. Have a joyous CHRISTmas

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    1. Have a joyous CHRISTmas as well, dearest Deborah. He is our hope and peace!

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  10. So beautiful Heidi, thank you.

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    1. Beautiful God, Liana 🙂

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