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The nativity

Was it necessary
to go to this extreme?
To take for a carrier
a village girl
unmarried and disgraced,
nine months pregnant
on an exhausting journey
to a strange town
with nowhere to stay,
in a century
with no healthcare
or sanitation? 

What purpose was achieved,
except to show
how the weight of his love
is so exhausting
it will break the back
of our most stubborn pretensions
and how in a manger
would be the last straw to do it?


Written to introduce the bible reading Luke 2 1-7 in the carol service sequence the last straw.