May you have a Christmas Day enriched
with the Hope He came to bring us.
Let us wonder and take delight in the paradox as we consider, what Child is this?
Behold the Father is His daughter's Son.
The bird that built the nest is hatched therein,
The Old of Years an hour hath not out run.
Eternal Life to live doth now begin.
The Word is dumb--the mirth of heaven doth weep,
Might feeble is, and Force doth faintly creep.
-Robert Southwell (1560-1593)