Stunned by Wonder*
We’re told the shepherds were.
And, I, returning to this familiar sanctum,
Remembering the night….
Exactly thirty- three years ago
Sitting in the pine-scented balcony, embracing my precious forty- five day- old miracle,
When my husband, out of breath from parking the car blocks away and racing up the stairs,
Whispered to me,
“I asked the usher if he’d seen a mother with an infant; and, without missing a beat he replied, ‘Yes, we’re celebrating them tonight!’ “
The hopes and fears of all the years…..
*”On this holiest of nights, we come, joining the shepherds who are stunned by wonder.” (Call to Worship, The Riverside Church, December 24, 2016)