Nativity Poem

Do not be afraid

the angel said

in such commanding tone

that we almost believed

he could put to flight

our fears with a Word.

And all we like sheep

each one scattering

in his own direction

with the sheep themselves

skipping and bleating

like waves dancing

on the water.

We were sore afraid

but not so afraid

that we could not leave

those few sheep

in the desert

and hurry off.

What do you think

we found when

we got to Bethlehem?

Nothing but a child

wrapped in rags

and lying in a manger.

And His shy mother

so patient with

our blushing and fumbling

until she was distracted

by the child’s cry.

10 thoughts on “Nativity Poem”

  1. Hi John. How far you’ve come. So many wonderful accomplishments with your writing and teaching. I remember that first published article thumb tacked on a bulletin board in your Green Valley church office. What a celebration! Look what God has done! Proud of you. Thankful for you.

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