Images of Christmas
Arizona, Texas, New Mexico Perhaps
Snow is falling softly, continuously, in much of the Southwest.
Drifts of snow are surprisingly deep and the animals are sleeping.
Candles are lit in many windows as family preparations continue.
And in every house of God, large and small, the people of God offer of prayers of gratitude, thanksgiving and adoration.
Somewhere in the Great North Woods
There is always a crescent moon,
the night a shade of deep blue.
Leave-less silver trees stand and shiver.
Snowflakes settle on the deer's shoulders.
Gifts delivered, the sleigh moves swiftly on
into the blessed cold blue-black night.
A Small Village in a Dry and Dusty Land
Joseph, Mary, the Magi, and the shepherds were there that night.
Silent, overwhelmed, in awe of God's great and freely given gift.
Myriad angels, the heavenly host, would break the silence,
singing for everyone to hear down through many centuries.
The stable animals gathered round neither sang, nor fell silent,
but they all knew who lay before them in the lowly manger.
As their quiet eyes studied Him and their warm breath quieted Him, they knew, they all knew.
Dressings the Bones: Poems, 2012-2014
- The Christmas Story Once More
The Christmas Story is a very ancient story, but it also a new story, bringing life and hope and wonder to each succeeding generation.
- What the Heart Really Needs: A Family Poem
Family gatherings contribute to the fabric of our lives; they strengthen our families, provide us with a sense of security and belonging, and create lovely and strong memories that will last forever.
- Christmas Eve Decision -- A poem
Sometimes we have to make quick and unexpected decisions to support or encourage the people we love. Sometimes we must let go of our plans and act in the moment - we will never regret it.
Sometimes, we can go home again ....
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