Published 8:35 am Friday, December 11, 2009
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Newborn stranger in a stable.
Not at all a regal birth!
Cold reception. Inn-less. Lowly.
For that Child to come to earth.
But that birth, so very humble,
Warmed those hearts so very near;
Mary, Joseph — and some shepherds,
Also privileged to hear.
Brought them joy and hope and wonder;
Warmed their thoughts of God above.
God, the promise-giver, -keeper;
God of never-failing love.
But that birth was little noticed
In that world, preoccupied
With the stuff of human living;
Work and pain and human pride.
Still today our world is cold-en.
Busy. Harsh. Indifferent. Hard.
Still today our world is bold-en: Hate and fists and wrong and sword.