“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see. Hail the incarnate Deity. Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.” Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Have you ever had food coated in Japanese tempura batter? It’s a light coating that adds crunch and flavor, while letting whatever’s underneath peek through in tantalizing glimpses. It’s not unlike what nature does with many varieties of flowers, such as these paper whites growing in our kitchen window.
Tempura is always what I think about when I hear or sing the above lines from my favorite Christmas carol, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing. How mysterious and delightful to think of the King of Kings wearing a veil of flesh in order to rescue us.
And, what a challenge to follow His example. Living in a way in which our personality, appearance and words add something delightful, but are mainly there to showcase the glory of what’s underneath.
Sigh. My personal tempura has been too salty of late and stretched thin to the point of crumbling by family, work and holidays. But, there is hope, as the song also reminds:
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new born King!”