Monday, December 19, 2011

A Perfect Brightness of Hope

It's Christmas week, which means this will be a Christmas-posts-only week at Sue's News, Views 'n Muse, too. (All Christmas, all the time...and happy to do it! In RED print, yet!!)

I'm still bosom buddies with my crummy Christmas cold, but that's not stopping me from feeling the spirit of the season. In fact, I think it's helped me along a bit. I've been given lots of quiet time to reflect on the birth of our Savior, and it has been good.

A Perfect Brightness of Hope
©1998 Susan Noyes Anderson

How bright the sky, how still the night
when all the world received His light.

One star stood out from all the rest,
while choirs of angels sang and blessed

a lowly stable, bleak and bare...
and Mary’s Babe who nestled there.

The King of Kings was humbly born
to save us all that Christmas morn.


How bright our lives; how still our hearts
when we receive what He imparts

and share it in our common quest
to walk with angels and be blessed.

May every home, replete or bare,
be strengthened by His presence there.

And may our souls embrace His birth
and count Him King of heaven and earth!

Merry Christmas to all of you...



CB said...

I never tire of this story - the most beautiful in history :-D

The line:
"How bright our lives; how still our hearts when we receive what He imparts" - I love this and I only wish that everyone on the earth could feel and know it's truth on Christmas day.

Jenny said...

What a beautiful post.

This just made my heart smile.

larainydays said...

I'm looking forward to your Christmas week. I have the same crummy cold but like you, am pressing on. Hope we both get better.

Grandma Honey said...

To me this line says it all:
"How bright our lives; how still our hearts

when we receive what He imparts"

Thank you Sue.

Unknown said...

May He continue to impart the gift of verse to you!

Stacy said...

Merry Christmas Sue!

Connie said...

I feel better tonight just reading your poem and seeing the beautiful pictures. Thanks, Sue. I hope your cold finally decides to give you a break!

anitamombanita said...

get well, my friend.

karen said...

Love Christmas week - and you started it off just right! I hope your cold gets better soon - LaMar has been down too. So far I've stayed healthy - fingers crossed!

Pondside said...

'Tho we've never met, I'm beginning to understand that making the best of the cold to give you time to reflect is typical of you - I love it!
I hope your cold doesn't hang around too long though.

Stef said...

It is the best story. Ever.

Welcome to the Garden of Egan said...

So beautiful.
It made my day. Thank you so much for sharing.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

4 Lettre Words said...

So beautiful, Sue...and I love the images you chose!

Terra said...

So beautiful...I have yet to post about Christmas this week, I guess I am in some sort of an avoid and conquer phase...

Brian Miller said...

nice....what a moment when that light crashed into the world...not how we thought but how we needed...nice is coming! yay! smiles.

Lisalulu said...

thank you for reminding me .. I need that.. been a stressful week and feeling like I'm just peddling backwards..ahh but reflection helps.