Three wise women payed homage to the one month old infant,
with welcome and warmth,
desire to comfort and caress,
offering another taste of safe and secure.
And the gifts they brought,
those precious gifts they brought,
could only be completely received over a life time,
the gift of acceptance –
acceptance of what is unique,
both dark and light, remarkable and regrettable,
the gift of refuge –
refuge from a world cruel and harsh
that could lead him to grow calloused of heart and spirit,
and the gift of challenge –
challenge to risk and to grow into the fullness of himself,
to live safely and securely in the midst of adventure and peril.