Christmas Poem 2016
My poem this year is different
Perhaps not as funny or bright,
Because I know in our hearts
we’d like to see wrongs made right.
We see Aleppo and refugees
Looking for room at the inn,
But no one even offers a stable,
And it frustrates us to no end.
How can we help? What can we do?
We ask ourselves everyday.
But then we make no real move
To seek Him, sacrifice, and pray.
So may this year be a bit different,
My hope is we move into action!
We will seek to love and give
To every group and faction
I know it’s easier to stay at home
And not work toward justice for others,
But Jesus didn’t call us to comfort
He called us to love our brother
What will this look like? How will we afford it?
These answers I do not know.
But I do know when we ask Jesus
The answers He will surely show.
We don’t have to do it on our own-
Jesus has never worked that way.
We have to seek his strength and guidance
As we go throughout each day.
His word says to find your life you’ll lose it,
To seek and you will find.
To knock and the door will open to you-
That it’s always good to be kind.
We’ll call this living given –
Living life focused less on me.
And I bet at the end of this year
Our hearts will feel more free.
So as we go about our days
And live life following Him,
May we always be most aware
Of how we can cut and trim.
Our time, our cents, our talents
All can be used for His glory;
I hope the ways in which we live given
Become the central part of our story.
I think we are up to this mighty call
Or God would not lay it on my heart;
And perhaps today is the day
That we commit to this with a start
On the tree you’ll find Daniella-
A picture for each of you.
And our 2017 of living given
Will begin with giving her new-
A new chance at life in Honduras
With education, food, and clothes.
We will be her biggest fans and sponsors,
Loving her from her head to her toes.
In my heart I know one thing for sure
That gifts are nice and fun;
But the greatest gift I can give you both
Is the gift of God’s only son.
And Jesus commands his disciples
In three very specific ways:
To deny self, take up our cross, and follow
For every single one of our days.
So here goes this journey, little ones!
Disciples we will be
Denying, taking up, and following
All to show our love and give glory to Thee.