Hammer and Nail: A Poem


While it is the Christmas season, it is also cold and flu season; we are celebrating both in the Yeager home.  This has caused some delays in posting a new blog entry, and I apologize.  I hope that you will forgive me re-posting an entry that I initially posted during the Easter season, but certainly relates to Christmas.  May you and yours be blessed as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Hammer and Nail

Muscled hands, calloused and rough,
Work with care and a gentle touch.
Tree to timber with saw and stone;
Through patient skill a form has grown.
A stable manger of humble scale,
Put together by hammer and nail.

A babe is born in Bethlehem;
A wooden manger a bed for him.
Babe becomes child, child becomes man;
The Carpenter’s skill flows through His hands.
Left His home on a long, hard trail.
Earning His keep by hammer and nail.

Love has led Him to a lonely hill;
The Cross His burden for doing God’s will.
The mockers taunt, the angry yell,
Those sinners He would save from hell.
A slaughtered Lamb to rend the veil.
Hung on the Cross by hammer and nail.

I strike a blow each time I fail;
Hand and foot, hammer and nail.

by Chris Yeager

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17 thoughts on “Hammer and Nail: A Poem

  1. I love it Chris. You’re so talented. Truer words could not be spoken. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is beautiful, Chris. I’m very glad that you’re sharing your gift with us; it’s truly a blessing. Happy Resurrection Sunday to you & your family!

  3. Beautifully expressed: His humanity, His love, our burden become His. Thanks for the timely reminder.

  4. This is very poignant with a nice flowing rhythm. Touching symbolism too. Thank you. Betty Wilson

  5. Chris,

    Such a wonderful and trueful message all about hammer and nail. That gives a clearer view of His Cruxifition, nailed to the Cross. Keep up the expressive writings.

    Earsie Johnson
    So. San Francisco, CA

  6. I remember you sharing this with me awhile ago. I am glad so may others will be touched by your words. God’s gifts are bountiful!

  7. Chris,
    It sure is amazing how humbling God is. He sure has given u a talent and words to share, keep following this calling it is amazing many need to hear it even saved ones.Thank You
    Johanna

  8. Hi Chris, came upon your blog through Google and am glad I did. This is awesome and deserves a wider audience, if you want some links let me know. God Bless, Mike.

    • Thanks Mike. I had a chance to stop by your blog…really good stuff. Thanks for the encouragement. I am meeting some great people through this blog. I will email you about any ideas you have about links and better circulation.

      Blessings,
      Chris

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