Sonnet for the Child
by Erin Kilmer
Oh child small, in manger wrapped and laid,
In infant hands You hold our life and hope.
Alone we barely breathe, we cannot cope
With this great debt of sin that must be paid.
Oh child small, Creator of the day,
Self-emptied, humbled God become a man,
What mercy and what love lie in this plan!
Born new, yet somehow Life and Truth and Way.
Oh child small, worshiped by humblest men,
And given gifts by kings of noble birth,
You are God’s holy sacrifice for earth.
Accept my worship, holy Lord and Friend.
Oh child small turned Man upon the tree–
All this was done because You first loved me.