“In that unlikely place I find him as they said: sweet newborn Babe, how frail!
and in a manger bed: a still small Voice to cry one day for me.”
Advent Devotion for December 18
This is a nice hymn whose original verses were written by Christina Rossetti in 1885. (A prolific poet, she also authored “In the Bleak Midwinter, 1872.) This verse was written in 1986 by Jaroslav J. Vajda and makes a wonderful reference to the still small Voice (his caps)of I Kings 19:12.
There, God is not to be found in the loud, dramatic displays of wind and earthquake. Instead, Elijah encounters the “sound of sheer silence” which older translations used to call a still small voice. Connecting us at Christmas time to that revelation is a stroke of genius. It reminds us that God comes in surprise and unexpected simplicity.
Our days leading up to Christmas can be filled with loud, dramatic displays of all sorts. It’s nice to be called gently back to the simple, still small voice of God. There may also be a subtle hint of the cross as we think of that same small voice crying, “one day for me.” This still small voice will indeed be the same voice of Christ that will lament over us all.
The presence of God in such a form is a gift to be lauded.
Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
I Kings 19:11-12