Monday, December 20, 2010
Little Bits of Heaven
©2010 Susan Noyes Anderson
Little bits of heaven swirl around the manger bright,
falling softly as the mem'ry of that Christmas night
when all the world stood still in wonder at the Savior's birth,
and choirs of angels sang out joy and peace to men on earth.
Through all the corridors of time, their message seems to ring...
and pictures fill my head as if I were remembering
the silence of that lonely night, the brilliant star above...
a mother's gentle touch, her eyes aglow with hope and love.
I kneel with kings and wise men, and I hold a shepherd's crook;
the Light of all the World is shining in this sacred nook.
My spirit knows that life on earth will be forever new
because of One whose love for me is infinite and true.
I bow my head in reverence, ere I leave the stable bare,
and passing o'er the darkened streets, I feel His presence there.
In waking dreams of Bethlehem or in my humbled heart,
I carry with me every blessing heaven can impart.
I'll always find the Baby there and hear the angels' song
whenever I look deep within, where sacred truths belong.
And when I gaze upon a snow globe, I will ever see
these precious bits of heaven swirling in my memory.
One of the most special memories of my childhood was a Christmas snow globe that made the nativity seem so magical that I have never quite forgotten it. That wonder I felt as a child has always remained with me, and it is this feeling that I always try to recapture for my children and grandchildren on Christmas Eve. Thanks for letting me share a little piece of it with you.
Our tradition every year is to cook up some Mexican food (?!), then circle 'round to read whatever new story I've written for Christmas Eve. Afterward, every family member expresses his or her feelings about the message of that story. Of course, we sing carols, read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', and run outside to see if we can hear Santa's bells, too. The kids leave cookies and carrots for that jolly old soul and his reindeer, just before we crowd into the family room to watch "A Muppet Christmas Carol" and shout all the songs at the top of our lungs. Even writing about it right now makes my heart happy, because I know that we will all be together in a few short days to experience what is absolutely our favorite time of year.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Click here for more Christmas Traditions at Jen Denton's Sanatorium
And here for more Christmas Joy at Dana's Bungalow 56.