That Wonder



“St. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things. He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that went to make up his life.” - Josemaria Escriva

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.” Matthew 1:25

I find Joseph fascinating, his faith and belief in what God asked of him is such an model of a righteous man. His story inspires me as a dad and as a husband…of all the people I want to meet in heaven…he’s at the top of the list. I pray that as you read this poem you will catch a glimpse of that wonder he must have felt that night. Blessings, Jay

That Wonder

I held you close for the
first time tonight.

The Angel spoke to me
of your birth.

Dream talk made no mention
of how I would love you so.

Could it be, my little son


Even now my heart bows
to that wonder.

I will serve as father in
an earthly manner.

The days given me, now
belong to him.

I cup the face of God in
my rough hands.

I see the light of the world
reflected deep in newborn eyes.

Even now my spirit bows
to that wonder.

Jay Cookingham 12/5/02 ©


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SandraHeskaKing said…
"I cup the face of God." Wow.

Wonderful poem full of wonder, Jay.
Dusty Rayburn said…
Amazing! Wonderful.

Do you mind if I borrow this and share with my Bible Study group?
Jay Cookingham said…
I be honored bro'...bless you!
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks again Sister, I do appreciate that!
jasonS said…
This is so excellent. I think we do forget the contribution of Joseph and how incredible that step of faith was. Just beautiful. Thank you, Jay.
Jay Cookingham said…
There are sooo many questions I want to ask him...Thanks Jason!
S Etole said…
I now have a new perspective of Joseph and his love, not only for Mary, but for his son.
Jay Cookingham said…
I think old Joe must have been quite a dad....Thanks Susan!
MichaelDPerkins said…
Jay, this was beautiful.
Jay Cookingham said…
Thanks Mike....I appreciate that!

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