an original poem by Chris Malkemes for The Consilium

December brings us hints of beauty, great anticipation and wonder in celebration of the birth of Jesus – the true treasured Christmas gift. Everywhere we turn songs remind us of His amazing love as we exchange crosses for nativities.

It would be years before the world carefully unwrapped this gift to understand. What would it be like to enter the hearts and minds of those who knew Him? Those Jesus knew by name? I can almost hear them praising the Lord with burning hearts singing, “Oh! What a great love is this?”

Oh What a Great Love! 

by Chris Malkemes

They were with Jesus
Heard Him
Saw Him

Felt His answered prayers

They walked with Jesus
Knew Jesus
He knew them by name

Judas betrayed Him
Cock crows twice
Peter denies Him

And yet He died for them

A gift
A treasured gift
Secure in Him

They were with Jesus
Saw Him risen
Asend on high

Received the Holy Spirit

A gift
A treasured gift
Salvation realized

Generations upon generation
Never the same
He’s alive!

A gift
The ultimate gift!

Now we can be with Jesus
See Him
Feel Him
Watch Him

Live to walk with Him
know Him
Be known by Him
Known by name

A gift
The love gift

See what great love the Father hath lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1a


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Chris Malkemes

Christine Malkemes is a writer and encourager. She is passionate about a deeper walk with the Lord and writes at Whispered Words of Wisdom ( She's a retired Army officer, survived a nomadic lifestyle, and today set her roots in the sunshine state with her husband and two grown children.

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