Friday, January 29, 2016

Christmas Bells are Ringing: A Poem by Grandma

Following is a poem written by my grandmother many years ago. My guess, without consulting my grandfather, is that it was for a women's luncheon at church.

Our father, we come together to worship you
We know that your Son was with you in the beginning
All things were made by him.
He is the light that shines in the darkness
and the darkness does not overcome it.
For this great truth we praise you
We rejoice - yes, Christmas Bells are ringing.

Isaiah commanded the people to 
Break forth into joy and sing together
For the Lord has comforted his people
All the ends of the earth, he said,
Shall see the salvation of our God.
He gave the people Hope
Because we too share that Hope. Christmas bells are ringing

You sent the angel to Joseph and told him to 
Take Mary as his wife. She will give birth to a Son.
Call him Jesus, he said, for he will save his people from their sins
We thank you that Joseph trusted you, obeyed you and
Took care of Mary and her Baby
For this we give you thanks as Christmas bells are ringing

While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, Mary gave birth to her son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.
And the word became flesh and dwells among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only who came from the Father
Full of Grace and Truth. Now Christmas bells are ringing.

The shepherd, when they heard the angels' song went to Bethlehem
To see this thing that had happened. When they saw the child they
Spread the word that had been told (to) them concerning him
The shepherds returned glorifying God. So, Father, as we too glorify you
and worship you Christmas bells are ringing

Wise men followed the star and when they came to the house and saw
The child and Mary, his mother, they fell down and worshiped Him.
They gave gifts of gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. 
As we too give our gifts today Christmas bells are ringing.

Our father we ask you to bless this food
to our use and us to thy service
That we may show all the world
That for us
Christmas bells are ringing

-Janice Homsher

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