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Topic: Countdown to Christmas/Advent (10/23/08)

TITLE: Fear Not
By Verna Cole Mitchell


As Christmas Advent time draws near,
The seasonís joy is marred by fear.
Our moral systemís in decay,
And values crumble day by day.

So many have financial woes,
And of the future, no one knows.
The laws of God are cast aside,
And Satanís rule is far and wide.

Take heart, my friends, at what I say:
Our God is with us still today.
In times of such uncertainty,
The Lordís our only surety.

The Good News that the angels told,
Heard gladly by the men of old,
Was of a baby born to be
The Savior for humanity.

For sinners all, He came to save,
And to that end, His life He gave.
He rose again that we might be
With Him through all eternity.

His Spirit now abides within,
And though we know not where or when,
We do know Heíll return again
To take His followers with Him.

Each promise that God gave is true.
He knows the plan Heís made for you.
For every problem that you face,
In love, Heíll keep you by His grace.

So light a candle; say a prayer,
And know that God is with you there.
Rejoice this Christmas that youíve heard
His story given in His Word.

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Joanne Sher 10/31/08
Lovely message that flowed beautifully. thank you for sharing it!
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/02/08
Thank you for a lovely holiday poem filled with truth and hope.
Kristen Hester11/02/08
Hey! That's what my preacher said today in his sermon. (But he didn't rhyme or say it so gracefully.) Great messsage. Great poem!
Sharon Kane11/03/08
The Christmas message of hope comes through well here, reminding us of all the reasons not to fear. I did think the rhymes and rhythm were a bit forced in places though.
Karlene Jacobsen 11/03/08
I like the flow of this poem. It was easy and enjoyable to read.
Laury Hubrich 11/05/08
I love this! So very timely. Thank you for sharing. So many are worried for the country right now. Fear not. Love it!
Yvonne Blake 11/05/08
Thanks,VernaJ...needed this today, especially this stanza:

His Spirit now abides within,
And though we know not where or when,
We do know Heíll return again
To take His followers with Him.

He gives peace and hope.
Marijo Phelps11/05/08
Especially this year we need to keep our eyes on the Creator and not the creation - HE is hope and you have aptly written that here.
George Parler 11/05/08
Simply and wonderfully beautiful. Well done, Verna.
Beth LaBuff 11/05/08
We can really relate to this! This is a beautifully written reminder to "Fear Not"... just excellent!
Dee Yoder 11/05/08
Lovely poem and so filled with wisdom about trusting the Lord. This is a timely and perfectly titled poem for this week, Verna!
Leah Nichols 11/06/08
Excellent reminder for all of us in these crazy times. Thank you for sharing this!
LauraLee Shaw11/06/08
I love this message. I could hear it over and over and over, but you share it best. YOu managed to get inside the situations and scenarios of a good many people, which is a gift.
The holidays are not a bright time for everyone, so we must remember His hope. Love it.