Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas Lists

Christmas Lists
December days are filled with lists-
the presents I must buy,
ingredients for cookies,
new recipes to try,
packages to mail, and
Christmas cards to write-
my lists defy completion,
though I labor day and night.
And as the month keeps rushing by,
the stress mounts and I find
a certain lack of purpose
in my ritualistic grind.
I need to put my lists aside
and seek what wise men found-
that "peace on earth" that angels sang
to shepherds all around.
For God's gift still comes quietly,
and as my heart is stilled,
my Christmas list becomes
a list of promises fulfilled.

Kathy Schriefer
"The Family Treasury of Great Holiday Ideas"

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