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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Reason for the Season of Christmas (12/04/08)

TITLE: A Christmas for Christ
By Teresa Lee Rainey


Twas the night before Christmas and all through the streets
People strolled along singing old carols so sweet.
We were joyfully praising the Christ child. Itís true.
Telling how He was born to save me and save you.

And in every window a grand sight to see
Were the candy cane colors on each Christmas tree.
All their branches were covered with white and with red,
Showing purity stained by the blood that He shed.

Every person was greeted at every door
With cakes, cookies and pies that were not from a store.
They were baked fresh with love from each stove in each place,
Pouring in bits of prayer for each friendís smiling face.

And with ten fingers twined to give thanks on our way,
Every brother and sister raised voices to pray
To the One that we knew as our Soon Coming King,
Counting down all the blessings His presence would bring.

All the street-lights were strung in a starry display
To remember the star which shown bright on His day.
Such a glorious light coming down from above,
Guiding all who would seek Him to His saving love.

Any cards to be sent had been sent and received.
By all friends and all loved ones a story was weaved
Of a Wonderful King who came down as a babe,
Writing stories of grace so that all might be saved.

And the presents, oh yes, there were presents galore.
Although all knew those gifts had been given before.
There was peace. There was joy. There was love wrapped up too,
Giving all gifts He gave free for me and for you.

When all carols were sung and the hour was quite late
Everyone made their way home to rest and to wait.
We were waiting for morning, a blessed event,
Hoping this was the hour we would be heaven sent.

On the morning of Christmas when all were awake
For a moment, one moment, our pour hearts did break.
Although Christ was not come yet, our waiting not through,
Trusting He would come back soon, our hearts were renewed.

Now as everyone gathered to give praise once more
There was gladness in sharing what He had in store.
And our King was well pleased with how Christmas had been
Knowing He had been center this season. Amen.

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Brian Haugrud12/11/08
If only Christmas in every home could be just like this. Nice read!
Laury Hubrich 12/14/08
This was very well written. Nice job!
Lyn Churchyard12/17/08
I don't know much about poetry, but I do know what I like, and this I liked. How wonderful it would be if Christmas was like that everywhere, especially in the hearts and homes of God's children. Good job, well done.
Leah Nichols 12/17/08
You did what I did last quarter....lol....I like how you tied in all the topics. Well done on the meter and flow of the poem; very well-written!
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/17/08
I liked the pictures you made with the words in your poem.
Peter Stone12/17/08
I really liked the way you weaved the anticipation of Christ's return in with the anticipation of Christmas day.
Sharon Kane12/17/08
Oh you clever woman!! I got half way down this before I realised what you had done (and you did well to use italics or I'd have missed it!) Then I had to read it twice more, once to see each stanza on its own, and then to get the whole message. I liked it more with each read. There are a couple of typos which you may already have noticed, but this is a lovely lovely summary of the whole quarter, of all that Christmas is about, and of the hope of His return. Well done.
Jan Ackerson 12/17/08
How clever! A trip though Challenge memory lane...and still with a lovely message. Great job!
Catrina Bradley 12/17/08
How clever! The meter is off in just a few places, but I love how you used the challenge topics in this poem, and they weren't forced at all. Very nice!