The Lay of the Lord:Birth– “The End of the Beginning”

Of the rest of this tale you have no doubt heard,
how a star heralded the birth of this child,
rising to the attention of pagans in the east,
practicing their forbidden arts
(how strange the ways of God’s revealing).
How they traveled over sand and mountains,
coming to the matrix of Herod’s power,
seeking an unexpected and unwelcome heir.
How that crafty fox sought to make them hunters for his quarry,
ferreting out this child so that he might exterminate an infant rival,
how when thwarted by angelic intervention he bared forth is barbarous cruelty on Ramah,
burying all his greatness under a wave of blood,
to forever be known as Herod the brute.
Meanwhile the child escaped to Egypt, there to exile for a time like Israel past,
until called to freedom by the Lord He might forever be known in history’s fame as
that ancient hero,
Jesus of Nazareth.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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~ by thebardling on December 25, 2009.

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