Anno Domini, 1980
We can identify: all of us journeymen,
preoccupied, bewildered, looking for prophets –
this is an era of cults, the Word in disguise so often
we cannot tell who is hustling whom.
But the stargazing countrymen heard the news,
or heard it true before the rest.
“God. God is with us,” having hillsides of time
to look up at the sky.
Nancy Nase Thomas
Excerpt from “A Widening Light: Poems of the Incarnation,” edited by Luci Shaw.
I spend a lot of my time looking down – down at my nursing baby, down at my running-wild preschooler, down at my book, down at my phone. My inclination can often be head-down, let’s get through these holidays mode. As I learn to balance the quiet of Advent with the excitement of Christmas, may I look up like the shepherds. Up at the sky to experience “God. God is with us.”