Once upon a time, a few millennia ago
they say a dreamer and a virgin
travelled by donkey to a far off land.
There the virgin had a baby
and the baby was God.
Imagine! The Infinite and Almighty
with tiny hands and feet
constrained by swaddling bands.
And because there was no room for such a God
they placed him in a manger full of straw
a feeding trough,
as though it were his destiny to be consumed.
The tiny face of God crinkled to cry with thirst
for milk, and something more
from a human breast.
(They say he cried this same cry, years later
from another bed of wood).
And to this scene strange searchers come:
wise men who followed a star
to find something brighter still,
and shepherds who also came guided by something in the sky
to find a new kind of lamb.
The sages and social misfits mingle
to adore a tiny helpless God.
But stranger still, that time and eternity now linked
the eternal heart of God now forever beats with human blood.
And he is himself a searcher through the centuries
still looking for a room
and a human breast to hold him close.
Of course only a child could believe such things.
So let the worldly wise
settle for more realistic stories
of flying reindeer
and red round men sliding down chimneys.
Featured Image: Guido Reni [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons