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By: Ardis E. Parshall - March 01, 2012


By Leah Cannon Smith

“The child grew and waxed strong.”
That’s not much to know about a Child who never did a wrong.
Was he lonely – that child of long ago,
Growing in an alien land, watching the Nile flow
Along its banks? Were people kind to the foreign carpenter and his wife,
And the toddling boy child, who one day would end strife
And bring joy and peace to all mankind?
I hope the early years were happy and that people weren’t blind
To the family’s worth, who fleeing from oppression’s hand
Were seeking sanctuary as foreigners in a foreign land.




  1. Nice.

    Comment by kevinf — March 1, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

  2. Wonderful. I’ve also read that solitary line about how the Christ child grew, and have wondered about all that we don’t know. (On that same point, I’ve sung the hymn “Once in Royal David’s City” many times, with its language about how Jesus is “our childhood’s pattern” and that “day by day, like us, He grew; He was little, weak, and helpless, tears and smiles, like us He knew” and have wondered how in the world the hymn-writer knew all that!) Anyhow, here, the poet’s delightful use of that one-word title — “Immigrants” — to describe the Holy Family is fascinating. Thanks for sharing this.

    Comment by David Y. — March 1, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

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