While Earth stood still

By Curtis Ramsey-Lucas

I dreamed a dream so strange it seemed to stand beneath that sky
When first appeared the angel and the heavenly host on high.
The glory of the Lord shone round and I was filled with fear.
While Earth stood still I trembled, the good news for to hear.

Fear not! I heard it said at once and still I shook within,
As stirs the root within the seed when life unseen begins.
Fear not! Behold, to all I bring glad tidings of great joy,
For unto you this day is born a savior, Christ the Lord.

This shall be a sign for thee in the city you will find
A baby wrapped in swaddling clothes in a cradle not of his kind.
Surrounded by creatures great and small, asleep on a bed of hay,
There you’ll find the Ancient One not yet grown old a day.

Let not your hearts be troubled and do not be deceived;
From this lowly station salvation shall proceed.
The powerful will be brought low, the lowly lifted up;
His body broken as the bread, will be raised as the cup.

I dreamed a dream so strange it seemed to stand beneath that sky
When first appeared the angel and the heavenly host on high.
The glory of the Lord shone round and I was filled with fear.
While Earth stood still I trembled, the good news for to hear.


Curtis Ramsey-Lucas is editor of The Christian Citizen, a publication of American Baptist Home Mission Societies.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of American Baptist Home Mission Societies.