A Poem for Christmas – by Poet Lori Strawn



He will come again perhaps in snow
or baked earth like the first time,
no one knows.
And if today,
what would he make
of sleighs and bells,
garlands, garish green
and red everywhere?
Perhaps he would shake his head
and chuckle at the foibles of his siblings.
Or point out, with rather more force,
“That’s a lot of hoopla
for a baby born in a manger.”
I myself would turn it all away,
all the tinsel and trimmings,
for a single moment of pure love.
That is what he came for,
and that is what he died for.
And so I say:
To beings everywhere —
You are greatly loved.
Believe it.
(That sharp uptick in your heart —
that right there is Christmas.)

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Wise Guys!


Uplifting post from “B is for Blessed,” a wonderful inspirational Blog that I follow. Great way to start the week!

B is for Blessed!

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,  saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” Matthew 2:1-2 NKJV

Driving home from work I passed a Nativity scene near my home. The simple structures have to be nearly forty years old. They have yet to be replaced with those more modern or eye catching. The faded plastic stands proudly without touch up or fanfare as a testament to the story it depicts.

The Joseph, Mary and baby are placed prominently in a simple display.  Yet this evening it was the Wise Men that caught my attention.

I wondered what made these men so wise.

I found was led to Psalms 9:10…

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