Behold This Newborn Child

Each time a child is born...

we sense that life goes on.

All is not lost. There is a deep resilience within,

stronger than the grasp of death.

The babe is lifted high

toward the welcoming stars,

a young life

with just a kernel of ripening,

anew resident

in the heart of existence.

All those gathered proclaim:

"Behold, behold this newborn one!

Let us nurture and keep alive

the sacred mystery of hope

hallowed in this babe's heart.

"We sow our dreams of a future

in this freshly birthed being.

We give our loving promise

to guide and guard this child.

Always we will remember

our oneness in the dancing cosmos."

The stars say not a word.

They bow in reverence to this creature,

whose adult hands will hold

power enough

to destroy a planet

or seed a waiting garden.

The stars indeed smile

for they too have hope,

and night

turns toward the dawn.

Merry Christmas!

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