That First Noel

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

 

In the completeness  of time

(just in time)

He came one night

squalling, hungry,

swaddled, cradled–

and they

wondered

who

they held.

 

In the completeness of time

(just in time)

He came one morning

feeding, forgiving,

healing, restoring–

and they

wondered who

…beheld.

 

In the completeness of time

(just in time)

He came one afternoon

yielding, bowing,

bleeding, dying–

and they

wondered who

withheld.

 

But the prophets knew,

astronomers saw,

wise men understood.

 

And the shepherds,

upward gazed

while sheep grazed

on quiet hills,

knew, too,

when they heard

the heralds

of that first

Noel.

 

In the completeness of time

(just in time)

He is here now

loving, longing,

leaning in

as close as we allow

that we, with “yes,” would

with Him in time

ever-stilled,

ever dwell.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

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