She Holds Back

She holds back
as muscle and bone clear a path,
remembering a promise spoken
by a voice only the soul can hear.
Struggling to suppress the urge
to push, push before the turn,
then permits herself to birth life.
Angels rip open the sky
and her womb starts to empty
of water and blood and Word
made flesh, born into straw,
with no home except for everywhere
and no stuff except for everything,
brand new and older than eternity,
the defenseless omnipotent,
all surrendered for us
and for our salvation.

Rev. David Willerup is pastor at Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. His passion has been to communicate the mystery of incarnation throughout his career in the RCA and PC(USA).