Merry Christmas, AD 0000

AD 0000 Gari Melchers

It was a tortured birth

the end of jolting travel and all unwelcome doors;

the prince of darkness fought with everything he had

to stop it, prematurely snuff the life

that guaranteed his doom.


Now, lying in the battle’s blood,

sweat-wet hair across her brow,

combat fatigue takes her down.

His mortal father, heavy with

responsibility, attempts to guard them both.


Small brilliance flashes from the manger,

a light which even now is blinding

confused shepherds trying to make sense

of glory-illumined flocks of angels. They will

be arriving soon to seek its source.


“The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

on them has light shone.”

It glows and spreads until the Baby,


grown, declares himself at Hanukkah:

“I am the Light of the world!

He who follows Me

will not walk in darkness

but will have the Light of life.”


That first flickering hope

blessing a darkened stable

now reaches every one of us

with fulfilled promises of light enough

to see God visible in flesh.


Jessica Renshaw


Painting by Gari Melchers (1860-1932)

Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16; John 8:12



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