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Thou shalt know him

By Father Charlie

A poem has been making its way around St. Paul’s. We heard it first at Advent Lessons and Carols. This past Sunday, Rainey used it as a part of her series on art and Advent. We don’t know who wrote it, but the poet clearly is in touch with the true nature of Jesus. It holds my imagination and spirit each time I hear it, so I thought I’d share it with you. I pray that it will inform your day, your week, this season, and beyond . . .

Thou shalt know him when he comes,
Not by any din of drums,
Nor his manners, nor his airs,
Nor by anything he wears.

Thou shalt know him when he comes,
Not by his crown or by his gown,
But his coming known shall be,
By the holy harmony which his coming makes in thee.


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Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Richmond, Virginia
Preferred pronouns: he, him, his