The Risk of Birth, Christmas, 1973

This is no time for a child to be born,

With the earth betrayed by war & hate

And a comet slashing the sky to warn

That time runs out & the sun burns hate

That was no time for a child to be born,

In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;

Honor & truth were trampled by scorn–

Yet here did the Savior make His home.

When is the time for love to be born?

The inn is full on the planet earth,

And by a comet the sky is torn–

Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.

-Madeleine L’Engle