Just when you thought the excitement was over

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"Rest on the Flight Into Egypt" by Luc-Olivier Merson (1846-1920)

Just when you thought the excitement was over

I know you just fell asleep
after his midnight feed
and that you’ve had an exhausting day.

I know we’ve dreamed of living
– just the three of us –
in rooms behind the cedar-fragrant shop

and that I promised to build you
a kitchen table and new beds
when we got back to Nazareth.

I know that you can’t wait
to show him
to your mom and dad

or put him in the clothes
you stitched for him
that he is even now outgrowing.

I know that you were looking forward
to things getting back to normal.
But heaven keeps interrupting

for I’ve had that dream again.
There’s no time to delay –
we’re on our way to Egypt!

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly

12 thoughts on “Just when you thought the excitement was over

  1. Nice write, Violet! Great title, especially given the content. I like the perspective and tone of voice you’ve adopted; both seem natural and unforced, with the recognizable details good anchors. Evocative image.

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  2. Great poem! The family of God next door. Sometimes He moves us into controversy instead of away from it, however, into battle after a time in the Egyptian wilderness to be prepared. The readiness of Joseph to obey the dream is inspiring and your poem captures the human drama so well.

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    • That’s a great way to look at it: “The family of God next door.” Joseph’s readiness to obey has always challenged me. It seems God was very intentional when He picked both of Jesus’ earthly parents.

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    • Thank you so much, Adele. Isn’t it a lovely picture? A friend sent a different version to me (slightly darker with starker highlights). That one was more dramatic. This one is softer and so still. I think it catches the couple’s weariness and the awe of the setting (including the sphinx) over what was happening. (Paintings like this make me wish I were a painter!)

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  3. Thank you, Laura! (I just found your comment in my ‘other’ folder – yikes!) There is more to the ‘Christmas’ story than just only the Christmas events, isn’t there?

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