All in Readiness

When silence covered the wintry night,
And pin pricks of starlight shone through;
When warmth fogged kitchen windows
And Christmas cookies rested in covered tins;
When folded diapers and infant tees were sorted-
The children themselves held in dreams;
When small dogs snored and small kittens purred,
The adults in the household
worn out by children’s anticipation;
When the beloved house creaked occasionally, settling itself past midnight,
And clocks forgot to measure minutes;
When deepest fears dissipated
and sleeping faces relaxed;
When Love’s immense kindness
overwhelmed the Earth’s anxiousness,
And silence in heaven’s light broke open,
it was then that
Great Joy delivered the Child
to Dwell-with-us forever.

Sister Karlyn Cauley
Christmas, 2014