One of my favourite poems, written by a good friend, Linda Neff. Thank you, Linda for encouraging us to use our God-gifted senses and sanctified imagination.
Christmas, Now and Then
Carols accompanied by ringing cash registers,
And the crackle of shopping bags.
Cows mooing, donkeys braying, hooves shuffling,
And for free, an angel sound – and – light show.
Glittering factory-made lights,
Sparkling party dresses, and merchandise mountains.
See… then –
Moonlight slipping through the stable door,
Joseph’s calloused hands, cradling innocence.
Gravy slathering mashed potatoes,
Candy canes, walnut fudge, and marzipan.
Bread, perhaps, and lentil stew for the new parents,
Mother’s milk for Jesus.
Cool gleaming of brass ornaments,
Pinecone wreaths, and plush velvet ribbons.
Prickly stable straw and smooth baby skin
Of the world’s Saviour.
Roasting turkey with sage stuffing,
Shortbread, and chocolate truffles.
Hanging in the hushed moist air,
Animal dung and shepherd sweat.
Now… complexity, cost, busyness, and blasé noise.
Then…simplicity, poverty, lullabies, and shepherds rushing breathless
To find a mystery in the manger.
©2017 Linda Neff