The Poetry Corner

BE for Christmas

What will you BE for Christmas?

300px-nativity_tree2011A question you may not have heard.

While Halloween was all about BEING

To be asked this now seems absurd.

 

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Christmas questions are more about doing,

Or going, or wanting, and such.

But I sense there is something much deeper

About BEING that’s not thought about much.

 

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For the story we retell of a baby

Who, at that point, just peacefully slept,

Holds a narrative that is clearly about His BEING

The Promise that God had now kept.

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So again, as I ask you the question

Of what you will BE this year?

I propose some possible choices.

To help you live without fear.

 

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Will you BE a Mary for Christmas?

Who when faced with interruptions to plans.

Will say “I am a Lord’s servant”

And place all your hopes in His hands.

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Will you BE a Joseph for Christmas?

Who will fear what others may say.

But then listening to the right Voice

That tells you to follow God’s way.

 

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Will you BE an angel for Christmas?

Appearing to those in dark of night.

While sharing with them the message

That it’s Jesus that brings us light.

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Will you BE a shepherd for Christmas?

Who though busy with the tasks at your feet.

Will make haste to the company of Jesus

Then tell others of the One they can meet.

 

star-of-bethlehem-pointed-the-location-of-baby-jesusWill you BE a star for Christmas?

Who shines brightly on the only place;

That not only reveals a true mystery

But the One who offers them grace.

 

adoration-of-the-magiWill you BE a Magi for Christmas?

Who will not seek what the world has to give.

But instead find a place of surrender

And One who gives reason to live.

 

christmasmangerclip2Finally, will you BE a manger for Christmas?

That will look humble in everyone’s eyes.

But will hold out for them the Savior,

The only Hope for their sin-filled lives.

 

So, what will you BE for Christmas?

I ask you the question once more.

For it is what we are BEING this Christmas

That will point to the One we adore.d104275-2

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