What Child Is This?

 

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What child is this?

This is a child born into nothing,
into darkness.
This is a child born into
a world and into hearts black as night.

This is a child, a babe
who held the heavens still,
and all of creation
still
silent
waiting.

What child is this?

This is a babe
who, in that first breath,
the whole earth gasped
at Glory unknown;
who, in that first breath,
Light birthed into darkness.
Light spilled forth, filling the darkness,
overcoming it.
One bright morning star
shone light and love into this world,
saving it from itself,
saving us from ourselves.

What child is this?

This is the child who became a boy
who held wisdom no eye had ever seen,
no ear had ever heard.

This is the child who became a boy
who confounded the scholars, the leaders of His day.

This is the boy
who taught the learned men,
who opened eyes and minds,
and broke hearts wide open.

What child is this?

This is the child who became a man
who gathered those hearts unto himself,
with a look, a touch, a word.
With Love.

This is the child who became a man
who fed the hungry,
not just bellies,
but hearts and minds and aching, empty souls.

This is the child who became a man
who cured the sick,
not just lepers and blind,
weak and the old,
but the lowly, the broken, the corrupt.
Sinners.
You and me.

This is the child who became the man
who sat with liars and robbers and thieves,
who talked and walked
with prostitutes, adulterers, murderers.
The poor, the wealthy,
the weak and strong,
young and old.

This is the man who said
all of you
All. Of. You.
Come to me.
Come to me
and I will give you rest.
I will wipe every tear from your eye.

What child is this?

This is the child who became a man
whose life wasn’t long,
not long on this earth.

This is the child who became a man
who bore the weight of the darkness of this world,
who was scorned, ridiculed, disbelieved.

This is the child who became a man
who bore the weight of a cross and a crown,
the weight of sins and sinners,
the weight of each man’s blood.

This is a child who became a man who lived
so we may know Him,
then died
so He could save us.

What child is this?

This is no mere child,
no mere man.

This is Emmanuel.
God with us.

God. With. Us.

And, this isn’t ancient history.
This is no fable, no fairy-tale, no once-a-year bedtime story.

This child-
He is no one-hit-wonder.

This is Emmanuel.
God with us.

God. With. Us.

This is the Word made flesh.
God made flesh.
God among us.

This is God,
the bright morning star
amid the darkness.
This is Light and Love incarnate.
The great I Am
among us,
bringing light and love and life.
Saving Grace.

This is Emmanuel.
God with us.

God. With. Us.

This is God right here, right now, in this very moment.
Not just yesterday, but today, tomorrow.
Forever more.
From everlasting to everlasting.

This is Emmanuel.
God with us.

God. In. us.

God is in you. And you. And even you.
His is in the heart of every believer,
right in the midst of every moment, of every day.

This is Emmanuel.
God with us.

This is God saying
I came for you, and for you. And even for you
because I love you,
because you are mine.

What child is this?
This is Emmanuel.
God with us.

This is God saying
believe me
trust me
follow me
and I will lead you Home.

One thought on “What Child Is This?

  1. It is a blessing to know this writer personally. To know her makes her writings even more precious. She is what she writes. She lives in those words.

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