For the Season

Adoration of the Shepherds, c. 1670
Carlo Dolci (Italian, 1616-1687)
Cleveland Museum of Art

This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time  runs out & the sun burns late.

That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn—
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.

When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn—
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.

“The Risk of Birth” by Madeleine L’Engle, 1973

Merry Christmas to you and yours ~ Amanda


6 thoughts on “For the Season

  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family too, Amanda! I hope you enjoy these days, get lots of (bookish) presents and find peace and love.

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