Every Baby Is Ours


We approach quietly

He’s not been with us long

And sleep with him is perfect

The squeezed face retains his smile

Both forearms raised

As if held by angel cables

Hands clenched

Their discovery search put on hold.

One thinks of the waiting period

The rock-and-roll arrival

The Mother’s ecstatic tears

The Father’s incredulous observation

For once no tools to help.

The cry announcing the King is in residence.

The yearning now to pick him up

And walk the room, singing

He registers to that

Virgin eyes still stuck in the Heavenlies.

What will he become?

What victories won?

What kindness shown?

Where hailed his name?

How long the journey

And how hazardous?

‘Til Heaven regained?

The hopes and fears

Of all the years

Are met in Him tonight.

(December 25th, 2014)



2 thoughts on “Every Baby Is Ours

  1. O little town of Bethlehem
    How still we see thee lie
    Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
    The silent stars go by
    Yet in thy dark streets shineth
    The everlasting Light
    The hopes and fears of all the years
    Are met in thee tonight

    For Christ is born of Mary
    And gathered all above
    While mortals sleep, the angels keep
    Their watch of wondering love
    O morning stars together
    Proclaim the holy birth
    And praises sing to God the King
    And Peace to men on earth

    How silently, how silently
    The wondrous gift is given!
    So God imparts to human hearts
    The blessings of His heaven.
    No ear may hear His coming,
    But in this world of sin,
    Where meek souls will receive him still,
    The dear Christ enters in.

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