Noel

Blessed be the One Who made us.

Blessed be the One Who made me

made me a man who as a boy fell in

love with Christmas and never recovered—

made me a man who makes wishes on

December stars and calls them prayers—

made me a man who trusts implicitly

in angels and shepherds and the trembling virgin

and George Bailey and little Natalie Wood—

made me a man who would gladly sell the

current equivalent of my watch to buy the

current equivalent of those combs for her hair—

made me a man who weeps when he hears

the first noel and smells the scent of balsam and

hold the ornaments of Christmases long ago.

Blessed be the One. Bless us every one.

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10 Comments

  1. Christine Perica on December 5, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Blessed be…..
    Thank you for your writing!

  2. Rich on December 5, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Bravo!

    • Abby on December 5, 2019 at 11:46 am

      Oh, John! Just beautiful!

  3. Dianne Couts on December 5, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Is there a way to share this on Facebook?

  4. Rebecca on December 5, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Love this. Merry Christmas John!!

  5. Jacky on December 5, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Beautiful ! Bless you John for sending out this blessing through words God-breathed in you, unique to your person yet shaped by our common birth in Jesus !

  6. Jeannie Prinsen on December 5, 2019 at 10:42 am

    So beautiful! Thank you for this. I love George Bailey, too. 🙂

  7. Sherrey Meyer on December 5, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Blessed be indeed! Thanks for the blessing of this poem as we move through Advent to Christmas. I love George Bailey, Christmas carols, and yes, old ornaments too. Blessings on you and yours this Christmas season.

  8. Lori Jean on December 6, 2019 at 8:26 am

    ❤️🎄❤️🎄❤️

  9. Paula Champion Jones on December 9, 2019 at 5:37 am

    I am SOOOOOO glad to hear your voice regularly again. I can’t begin to tell you how much I need your work. It is a calming voice in a world gone mad. I pray God will grant you many more decades to grace the world with your poetic wisdom.

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