Friday, December 23, 2022

"Oh! To Kiss the Face of God"

A-Poem-a-Day Until Christmas...

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The first time

I heard, “Mary, Did You Know?”

is permanently etched in my mind


I was folding clothes in the bedroom

listening to “Let It Grow”

Pastor Charlie Rizzo’s

Christian call-in radio program

At a break, he introduced a Christmas song

by Mark Lowry, written by Lowry in 1984


Immediately, the music and lyrics

drew me in and I visualized

the young virgin-mother, Mary

cradling baby Jesus

as Lowry sang of wonders

her boy would grow to perform

wonders, like walking on water

and saving us, and even

…this child that you delivered

will soon deliver you


Oh! I broke out in goosebumps—


Mary did you know

that your baby boy will

give sight to a blind man

…calm a storm with his hand


and when Lowry sang

…And when you kiss your little baby

you’ve kissed the face of God


that did it—

Tears welled in my eyes

and trickled down my cheeks


Mary kissed the baby face of God!


Then he went on singing, Mary did you know…

that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?

This sleeping child you’re holding

is the great I Am


Oh! What an awesome privilege

to be the mother of the Savior


It was a few weeks before Christmas

Pastor Rizzo aired the song

a few more times

Each time, tears flowed


Soon music stations began playing the song

Sometimes it was performed

by other recording artists


The business manager where I worked

knew the song was meaningful to me

One day he surprised me with a gift—

the song on CD by Kenny Rogers


Then my daughter-in-law-to-be, Omayra,

aware of how much I loved it

arranged to have it sung

at their wedding

That was special, indeed!


Never has a song

touched me as that one

has touched me—

Never before have there been lyrics

I wished I’d penned myself


It thoroughly blesses my heart

to imagine the virgin

holding her swaddled son in her arms

oblivious to what their future would hold

putting tender lips to his tiny cheek, and

kissing…softly kissing

the holy face of God!


Maude Carolan Pych

PARENTS: Tomorrow I'll post a special poem for you to read to your children on Christmas Eve. It's titled, "'Twas the Night of All Nights."

"Behold the Lamb...poetically!"

by Maude Carolan Pych

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