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The Christmas Eve They Took Jesus Away

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 12-14-2001 08:08 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos


The Christmas Eve They Took Jesus Away

The trade of a carpenter, artisan’s hand
Fashioned a manger he wanted to stand
In a place in the village where it could be seen
On a hill overlooking the town, San Joaquin

He was old and quite frail, but he carved out of wood
The beautiful manger scene that would be stood
In a schoolyard on a hillside overlooking the town
And some folks went along to help place it around

Each figure was grand, with a hand painted face
Pure portraits of their adoration and grace
The figure of Jesus, in bed of sweet hay
Lay sleeping in peace til they took Him away

The crèche stood for days and town was in awe
Of the beautiful manger in view of them all
Up on the hillside by day it was clear
And at night with his lights, he would make it appear

Then a townsperson claimed that it had to come down
No signs of religion on public school ground
A Nativity scene’s not appropriate today
You will have to dismantle and take it away

A few went to help him, but up on the hill
The winds brought in signs of the first winter chill
Blustery, icy, and wind driven hail
Too hard for an old man, so aged and pale

But he ordered the others to go on back home
And he lifted the Christ Child with strength of his own
He wrapped it in blankets and carefully laid
The figure of Christ he was taking away

He knelt down beside the wood manger and prayed
The Kings and the shepherd boys would have to stay
For the storm had grown wicked, and of the display
The best he could do was take Jesus away

Through tears he stepped off of the public school ground
And descended to the square in the middle of town
Where the town folk assembled to gaze at a star
And the beautiful Crèche on the hillside afar

The skies had cleared up and star showered beams
On a now empty manger’s Nativity scene
A miracle happening there in the skies
And the old man look upward with faith in his eyes

The people remarked to the old man that night
That the laws made in heaven were their only light
They told him to take the sweet baby and place
Him back into the manger , in his holy space

But the figure was gone and no one could conceive
Of what happened to Jesus on that Christmas Eve
He was there in my wagon, in just such a way
Now somebody’s taken my Jesus away

Look up on the hillside! Another had gone
The one who complained was now placing him on
The manger of wood that was destined to stay
Christmas Eve when they’d taken sweet Jesus away

The star shines in glory upon a pure face
A hand wittled figure with hand painted grace
Blessed is artisan, blessed his skill
And the one who placed Jesus back up on the hill

Elizabeth Santos
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(tears fall down my cheeks) God Bless You, sweet Elizabeth, I just had to read this masterpiece again! (kiss on cheek) This beautiful poem had tears flooding down my face to feel the love and smile of Him shining in the stars as the manger was crafted on that hill of San Joaquin! (wipes tears) Your heart shines with His love and grace, this is sooooooooo beautiful, this is a true timeless classic! (big hugggsssss) God Bless You, we all love you so very much, sweet friend, we all wish you the happiest holidays! (kiss on cheek) Sooooooo touching! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Elizabeth, thank you for sharing!



May love and light always shine upon you!

Love,
Noah Eaton
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It sure wouldn't be Christmas without Him! I love this Elizabeth! Merry Christmas to you and yours!  
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Beautiful and Touching words Elizabeth, thank you.

Regards,
Olias.
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amen.
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5 posted 12-20-2007 10:58 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

ing some Christmas cheer~

LovelyLizzyLady~
I think that this year ... Jesus is IN~
What a blessing to us all~
*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

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Good for Marge!  Now come on Lizzie, I know you got a new one tucked away in that great big heart of yours somewhere to share.  Merry Christmas to the family from me.  Your family will forever raise the bar on what a family is supposed to look like, act like, and love like for me, and I bet anyone who meets you all.

Merry Christmas my dear friend.

Love,
Sharon


             
Love, Joy, and Cheer!
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I know it's not Christmas but I had to read this tonight because of you be the author.  You have a way with words.  How anyone could read this without tears would is beyond me.  Thanks for the beautiful poem.

In God we trust and one nation under God

Joyce Johnson
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This is lovely and apt.  I hope we can all keep Jesus with us on his Christmas Eve.  Joyce
 
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