The True Joy of Christmas🎄

by Pat Severin

When winter is approaching, we expect the cold it brings,
The freezing ice, the drifting snow, the search for warmer things.
The chill begins with Halloween, Thanksgiving on its heels,
The cold sets in as Christmas nears, how harried it all feels…

Because we’ve got to buy the gifts, and make our travel plans,
Check out the lights, go get the tree, and put it in the stand,
Send out the cards, wrap presents, too, we have to decorate.
There must be something else to do...why do we celebrate?

There is another reason for this festive time of the year
That’s spent with loved ones gathered close…but is it really clear
That Christ, God’s Son was born that day so many years ago?
Could it be overshadowed by the things that often go…

Before the greatest gift of all, that Babe who brought salvation,
Who offers all eternal life, who prompts this celebration?
God’s promise kept, His only Son, should never be forgotten
Because He came for everyone, the wealthy to down-trodden.

So as you plan your holiday and those you love are near,
Remember why we celebrate this season every year.
We wish for you this Christmastime the blessings that it brings
And may you know God’s love for you, for there's where true joy springs.

Pat Severin is retired Christian school teacher who has served her Lord in many ways. These include school, church and teen ministry and her current personal ministry, creating cards that include her original poems of encouragement. These she sends out weekly to those going through difficult medical issues. She contributes regularly to her online blog, Poetically Speaking, which she began in 2008, and has self-published a number of poetry collections.

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