Christmas Images

Depiction of nativity with Christmas tree backdrop by Jeff Weese

By Doug, CiM

See him
at his first beginning:

tiny, weak, wrinkled,
barely awake,
still streaked
with the blood and matter
of his birth,
not yet able to seek
the food and warmth
of our Mother.

See him at his end:

surrendered, wretched
a man
wrecked at his prime,
bloodied, torn,
tortured, nailed—
yes, nailed, not tied—
hanging on a cross
left to die.

See him
at his second beginning
three days after his end:

full of light,
wounds and all,
showing us the fulfillment
of his promise
that if we but follow him
we too can be
eternally new.