Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas: The Greatest Story Ever Told



Christmas: The Greatest Story
©2002 Susan Noyes Anderson

The greatest story that was ever told
has naught to do with soldiers, brave and strong.
It makes no boast of golden treasure found,
nor causes lost, nor valiant battle song.

There is no gallant steed, no damsel fair,
no rousing tale of daring escapade.
No banner bold is hoisted to the sky,
no arrow launched from stony balustrade.

The greatest story that was ever told
does not take place in ancient castle keep,
but in a barren stable, rude and low,
while all the world in darkness lies asleep.

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"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder; 
and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, 
the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." 
Isaiah 9:6

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30 comments:

Friko said...

I am amazed at your easy command of words. And for these words to fall into a poetic rhythm as they do, seemingly effortlessly, leaves me awestruck.

EG CameraGirl said...

I can now hear Handel's Messiah playing in y head. ;)

Karen S. said...

What lovely visions are dancing through my heart after reading your piece.

Brian Miller said...

tis that season...though it does not just have to be a season...smiles...this is only the beginning...or the middle...and one that is still being written in us...

yaya said...

A beautiful start to the Christmas season...keeping the real reason for celebrating...the birth of our Savior. Thanks Sue!

Terra said...

Great poem and the right painting to accompany it.

Karen Mortensen said...

Beautiful poem Sue.

Pondside said...

Beautiful to read at the end of a long day. With such a lot of hysteria regarding Christmas in Blogdom, it's lovely to read such true words.

Leovi said...

Yes, I love this great delicacy, delicious poem!

Tracy Cook said...

Gosh had to get all the way down here before a mention of christmasI was thrilled that it covered the real reason for the season

Tracy Cook said...

Gosh had to get all the way down here before a mention of christmasI was thrilled that it covered the real reason for the season

acreativeharbor.com said...

Perfect for C ~ and the season ~ carol, xxx

Cathy Kennedy said...

Unto us a Child is born...what a blessing to the whole world - a gift to mankind of pure selflessness and love. Your poem is beautiful and touching. Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us!

Cathy Kennedy said...

One more thing, Sue, I'm gonna use this poem in my Sunspiration post this Sunday with a link back to your blog. :)

Esther Joy said...

Sue, your poetry just keeps getting better and better! Beautifully written words of an event that opened the door to heaven for us!

Gattina said...

Very nice !

jen said...

Beautiful.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Beautifully written, and oh so true!

storybeader said...

Beautifully written. {:D

Judie said...

What a sweet, sweet post, Sue!!!

Stacy Crawford said...

It is the greatest story ever told.

Lola said...

Words and image exquisitely matched!

Wonderful.

Myrna Foster said...

So true!

karen said...

So sweet and pretty. Now it seems like Christmas!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful poetry...your words are so expressive and love the rhythm of your rhyme.

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you so much for your lovely visit at my place and your sweet words.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

He truly is the reason for the season.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

He truly is the reason for the season.

BECKY said...

Lovely!

Grandma Honey said...

I've always believed there is much good to be found in humble surroundings. I probably think this way because it all goes back to the stable.

Jenny said...

Charming post for the letter "C"...

The story of Christmas is something to be treasured and your words express that really well!

Thanks for linking.

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