A blessed Christmas!
A Light Has Dawned
(“The people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light, and for those
living in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned."
-- Matthew 4:16)
The road is steep and dark and long.
I strain my ears to hear the song
Of stars that glimmer through the limbs
Of trees that nod and sway and bend –
I do not know this place I’m in.
I fear the night, and oh! the cold!
I try to make my heart feel bold
By walking straight and strong and true
But oh! the dark! What can I do?
The stars are all the light I see.
They peek in patterns through the trees
And glance upon the drops of rain
That caught in branches, sing of pain
But somehow, offer healing too –
I pause and wonder what to do
If the rain grows stronger, longer,
If the night grows older, colder,
If the darkness overwhelms
And leaves me in the shadow realms.
But suddenly it pierces through –
A light that’s bright and strong and true,
A light I know I’ve seen before,
It glows and makes my spirit soar!
It lights the pathway for my feet,
It pulses with the star song’s beat.
To my surprise, my steps grow sure
And all the raindrops look so pure!
The star song grows more loud and sweet –
I think I recognize this street!
A lane called mercy, a trail of grace
(the branches look like bridal lace)
The beauty of the night entrances,
(limbs and twigs are silver lances)
And everywhere light permeates,
I look and look and see a face –
The face of a small baby child,
A face so tender and so mild.
He beckons me to go along,
To walk this suffering road of song,
To follow heaven’s pulsing ray
To wait for dark to turn to day.
For one day darkness will be banished
Pain and tears forever vanish –
I will step through the cross shaped door
And find my home forevermore.
~Elisabeth M. Priest, Advent 2016