And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. (Luke 2:6 KJV)
I first learned the story the same way
Linus told it: in language so old
that some of the words had been lost
or forgotten, others changed.
No one says, “the days were accomplished”
anymore, unless you’re Linus or
the liturgist on Christmas Eve
saying, “she should be delivered”
In the beginning, God spoke and the
universe exploded into existence;
but the Baby is born in passive
voice: how silently the gift is given.