The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree

The middle of December!  I feel like I blinked, and the sand in the hourglass of 2016 has almost run out.  Before the final grain is gone, I wanted to say “Merry Christmas!” to each of you, and pray that you are able to savor this beautiful season even while juggling the added busyness it brings.  Yesterday I had the rare treat of being able to clear a few hours of schedule and be with my wonderful family – husband and kids, mom, mother-in-law, and both awesome sisters-in-law!   We gathered for our second Poetry Tea, ate lots of scones and tea sandwiches, and shared favorite poems (and lots of laughs!).

Here is the poem I wrote for the tea – my Christmas gift to you.

 

The Christmas Tree

Shimmering light and colorful balls

A star on the top to shine

Piles of gifts placed under it all

Wrapped up and tied up with twine

 

I quietly sit and I gaze at that tree

And ponder the things that it means

As evening descends, the more brightly it shines

And its message takes shape like a dream

 

A manger, a stranger, a star overhead

Magnificent story unfolds

Angels and shepherds, a girl young and scared

Blessed good tidings are toldThe Christmas Tree

 

The wood of that manger, the wood of my tree

The same, but years apart

The joy of the season, the joy of His birth

Reflected inside every heart

 

A wood shop, a carpenter, a young boy is taught

The crafting and carving of things

Useful and beautiful, each one takes shape

As the music of hammering rings

 

The wood in that shop, the wood of my tree

The same, but years apart

The joy of the season, the joy of His work

Reflected inside every heart

 

Darkness descends on the hill of the cross

The Son of God hangs on a tree

Christmas red spilled out for all of mankind

He suffered for you and for me

 

The wood of that cross, the wood of my tree

The same, but years apart

The joy of the season, the pain of the cross

Reflected inside every heart

 

Now the carpenter King is working on us

Conforming us to His Word

Useful and beautiful each one in the hands

Of our glorious, risen Lord

 

The tree tells a tale for the listening ear

The tale of love unconfined

Of death and new birth and life evermore

A wondrous tale divine

 

Merry Christmas with love from my family to yours!

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Christine is so glad you have joined her on The Beautiful Journey! She is a Bible study writer and teacher living in Texas with her husband, 2 children, and all their pets. Christine believes with all her heart that you can live the full, high-impact, joyful life God designed for you, right now. That beautiful journey begins inside you and doesn’t depend on your circumstances. She would love to have you join her on the journey!

3 Comments

  • Brendy

    December 10, 2016 at 8:35 am Reply

    Beautiful Chrissy……truly gifted.

  • Teresa Fourroux

    December 9, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Beautiful Christine. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I still have your baskets. Lol. I haven’t stolen them. 😘

    • Christine

      December 17, 2016 at 12:21 am Reply

      Thanks so much, Teresa! Merry Christmas to you as well, and LOL on the baskets! 🙂

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