Saturday, December 24, 2005

Meditation on the Nativity

Meditation on the Nativity
Elizabeth Jennings


All gods and goddesses, all looked up to
And argued with and threatened. All that fear
Which man shows to the very old and new--
All this, all these have gone. They disappear
In fables coming true.
In acts so simple that we are amazed--
A woman and a child. He trusts, she soothes.
Men see serenity and they are pleased.
Placating prophets talked but here are truths
All men have only praised
Before in dreams. Lost legends here are pressed
Not on to paper but in flesh and blood,
A promise kept. Her modesties divest
Our guilt of shame as she hands him her food
And he smiles on her breast.
Painters' perceptions, visionaries' long
Torments and silence, blossom here and speak.
Listen, our murmurs are a cradle-song,
Look, we are found who seldom dared to seek--
A maid, a child, God young.
Unto us a Savior has been born! Merry Christmas!

2 comments:

Crimson_Willow said...

Merry Christmas Pastor Keith.
Try not to work too hard.

KP said...

Merry Christmas, Crimson.