Monday, December 7, 2015

In Bethlehem

                          “O come, O come, Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel, that                                                     mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.”                                                                                             

                                                  We have come to this Bethlehem
                                                  within, crowded with the noise of the world
                                                  and little room,

                                                  spent by the long way
                                                  through the thickets of love and loss,
                                                  our fields of pale bones
                                                  where we are exiled
                                                  in this stable's haunt 
                                                  of dry grasses and hope,

                                                  of what we have done,
                                                  and what we have failed
                                                  to do

                                                  in the feeble shelter of time,
                                                  where we kneel, 
                                                  swathed in our poverty,

                                                  waiting for You Lord,
                                                  for the heat of your hands
                                                  over the cold clay of our hearts.


  1. where we are this stable's haunt..of dry grasses and hope,
    the feeble shelter of time...where we kneel,swathed in our poverty,

    Oh, how these words ring with familiarity! Last Saturday, my husband fell off the roof and severely hurt his ankle, putting paid to quite a bit of Christmas plans and a much needed holiday. We're all trying hard to view this through the lens of the Almighty, but it's a struggle yet. But to read your words, placing us in that holy stable... we don't want to be there but it is willed for is the holy poverty we are now clothed with as opposed to the finery of materialism of before....this is what I call the grace of divine insight. Thank you, Claudia.

    1. I am so sorry to read of your husband's fall from the roof. I will pray for his healing and for all of you during this Advent. There are so many trials we try to "view through the lens of the Almighty" and struggle to grasp reasons. I am so heartened by your efforts to see God's hand in all things; in His will for us. This is the work we are given and "the grace of divine insight" that comes from our Lord. God Bless you Claudia...and thank you for taking the time and effort to leave such a beautiful and insightful reply.

    2. Thank you, my friend. Every prayer, every thought, goes a long way.

    3. I add my prayers, Caitlynne Grace.

  2. Ah, Cynthia, this is deserving of long study and appreciation. It is a joy. Simple and profound. A blessing to read. I love it. One of my favorites...

    1. Thank you Amy! You are so supportive in this writing journey. Don't know what I'd do without you!!!! YOU are a joy!!! Always....

  3. Striking. And that last line.... I wait for Him.

    1. Thank you Nancy....we wait and we welcome...a blessed Advent friend!!

  4. Cynthia,

    I always enjoy your poems. Sometimes I want to spend time pondering them: reading and then thinking and reading them again. I am wondering if you have considered putting together an ebook of your poetry. I would buy a copy and I'm sure many other people would as well.

    Last week, I finally published my children's novel as a Kindle book. It was a learning experience, but now that we know what to do, it will be easy to publish more ebooks. I have a long list of ebooks I now want to write! I tell you this, in the hope you'll be encouraged to write an ebook as well. It really is quite a simple procedure. Maybe if you disagree, someone like my daughter, Imogen could help. She formatted my KIndle book for me. She was a great help. I hope you'll think about this!

    I hope you are having a very blessed last few days of Advent. And I hope you have a wonderfully joyful Christmas with your family!

    Thank you for enriching my life this year with both your poems and your friendship.

    1. Ahh Sue Elvis!! You are such a sweet friend. I am so thankful for you and for your encouragement in this writing adventure. I am going to buy your ebook!! I would need Imogen's help as I am not very computer savy. I still haven't been able to add side bars to blog and put up badges!! I have been pondering a book of collected poetry. You have inspired me. I will have to take you up on this challenge!! I wish you and your family a blessed remaining Advent as well. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You are in my prayers as always. Thank you so much for your enriching writing and films and for beautiful YOU!!!

    2. Cynthia,

      I am so glad you've been pondering a book of poetry! We used a free Kindle book to help us with the formatting:

      If you need help, you can ask us!

      Thank you so much for buying a copy of my book. I hope you enjoy it.

      Thank you also for your kind words. You have a wonderful gift for spreading joy!

      In a few hours' time it will be Christmas Eve! I hope you have a very blessed Christmas with your family. Happy Christmas!