The child born to save the world is running for his life -
Maybe even before he's old enough to know how to run!
Along with his family,
Jesus was a fugitive - but alive.
But many mothers lost their sons
as a result of Herod's rage.
My heart and my stomach seize up in tandem
at just the thought of losing a child.
That is a desert I have not been forced to cross.
Others have experienced a Silent Night broken only
by the sound of their own sobs.
Others have arrived at the Midnight Clear
with no clarity
The Holly, Jolly Christmas we all idolize and have grown
to demand can be distinctly absent,
as it was that first Christmas.
Irony of all irony:
A child's birth brings death to others.
Later the death of the same Son brings
the gift of life to all who wish to receive it.
What Child is This?