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A Christmas Tale

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Michael
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0 posted 12-13-1999 08:51 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

A CHRISTMAS TALE

Once upon a bright, shining star,
People gathered from near and far.
To celebrate in joy, to sing,
The birth of Him who would be King.
Showered with gifts, some must've thought
Their place in heaven could be bought.
For when he grew up commonplace,
Doubt soon lined many a man's face.

But through wisdom and peace, so pure,
His true love for us would endure.
As He taught, "Love one another",
Every man's, indeed, your brother.
He took with sinners that the word
Of God in heaven be offered,
And to show us the only way,
Was the true Christ, born Christmas day.

When He repealed the marketplace
In His Father's house for it's disgrace,
Religious leaders were distraught,
And so many began to plot...
A Way to have "Jesus" destroyed.
For the disrespect He deployed .
For what do you spurn paradise?
Thirty silver, the going price...

Jesus knew it would come to this,
In the garden a traitor's kiss.
A crown of thorns, a cloak of shame,
Disciples who'd deny His name
Guilty of no crime, yet convicted,
Death by crucifixion, inflicted.
Judas betrayed Him, I confess,
But I've seen it done for far less.

As even those who once embraced Him
Turned their backs,  further defaced Him.
As the believers that once praised Him
Upon a deceiver's cross raised Him.
As He asked forgiveness, even still,
For those of us blind to his will.
Is His Christmas gift now a loss?
Has Santa Claus replaced the cross?

This Christmas, if you wish to give,
Remember who gave all, that we may live.


Michael R. Anderson


[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 12-15-1999).]
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1 posted 12-13-1999 10:47 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

BRAVO!  Michael this was fantastic! You and sandgrain (my mom) are thinking on the same level.  This was just excellent!!!!!
What a message you've brought across I really love the way you did this!!
First__Knight
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2 posted 12-13-1999 11:21 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

Never am I so amazed until I read your work Michael...   This is fantastic

 Share what you are for you are what you share

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3 posted 12-14-1999 12:37 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

"Has Santa Clause replaced the cross..."  WOW
What a statement !  How sad it is....it's so easy to get "wrapped up" in gift giving, and presents for the kids....it is easy to let the true meaning slip by...Thank you for reminding me in such a beautiful way.  I do, need to slow down, and enjoy the true reason for the season...God's love and mercy on us.  This was exquisitely written, dear!

 - - - If I can just touch you once, then I feel I have accomplished what I am called to do...- - pFF  



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MADDavid
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4 posted 12-14-1999 10:14 PM       View Profile for MADDavid   Email MADDavid   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MADDavid

Santa Claus, raindeer, shiny balls, glitter here and there.  Lights flashing, crowds pushing, shoving, and rushing around.  This picture is not what Christ wanted it to be.  When will the people see?  Thanks Michael for your poem.  It was a real eye opener.

 Shine a light and darkness disappears.
Denise
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Amen, Michael! This is beautiful!  

 Denise


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6 posted 12-15-1999 07:45 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

Wow..I loved it!  Wht dove is right about this commercialism removing the real meaning, being heavy on my heart too.  I'm all for giftgiving, gatherings, trimmings etc. but not at the expense of minimizing Gods gift to us.
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7 posted 12-01-2000 01:27 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

quote:
Is His Christmas gift now a loss?
Has Santa Claus replaced the cross?


What is really ironic about that is that Santa Claus is based on the real St. Nicholas. I am trying to remember what Christmas is really about--the birth of Jesus--and less on presents and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and whatever. Great poem Michael.
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8 posted 12-01-2000 06:43 PM       View Profile for ellie LeJeune   Email ellie LeJeune   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ellie LeJeune

Michael; It is so good to see your gifted poetry once more here in spiritual. This poem is exquisite and so beautifully said. I am humbled by the truth of His eternal love and forgiveness.  Ellie

Belief is a truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.

Joseph Fort Newton


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9 posted 12-15-2004 02:51 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Wow!  I was looking for things to read aloud Christmas Eve, and I found a gem to outshine them all.  Merry Christmas Michael and Skyfyre.  God Bless.
 
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