Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I'm Dreaming

As Christmas nears, I'd like to share this poem by J. Barrie Shepherd:

I'm dreaming
of a right Christmas
when every item that I buy
will be on sale and also
the ideal gift for persons
who have everything already.
I'm dreaming of a bright Christmas
when the tree lights work first time
and flash their brilliant message of success
from every tasteful, decorated, artificial,
non-allergenic yet natural lookalike limb.
I'm dreaming of a lite Christmas when,
no matter how much fruit cake, cookies,
eggnog, champagne, other goodies I consume,
my weight will magically fall to just below the average.
I'm dreaming of a write Christmas when all my cards
bear personal, intemately joyful greetings
and arrange themselves in matching multitudes
on every horizontal dust-free surface.
I'm dreaming, but I'll be what I get
will be the usual trite Christmas,
impolite Christmas, damp-with-fog-not-white
tight Christmas, goodnight Christmas,
bank-will-not-underwrite Christmas.
I'm praying that, despite Christmas,
I find myself midnight Christmas
able to invite Christmas and its newborn child
to stay and light a way into my Christmas-darkened

Copyright 1989 Christian Century Foundation. Reprinted by permission from the December 6, 1989 issue of the Christian Century. Subscriptions $49/yr. from P.O. Box 1941, Marion, OH 43306 (800) 208-4097

Reprinted by permission in "Faces at the Manger", by J. Barrie Shepherd, Copyright 1992, Upper Room Books.


Hot Cup Lutheran said...

mmm it could be easy to be bitter regarding christmas. i know finishing up shopping in nearby big town was a challenging exercise in patience...

good words to keep in mind tho as we face stepping into pulpits and conveying the message & hope that is christ...

steve said...

Love it. Especially the ending.

Jan said...

That's a new one for me. Thanks.

Barbara B. said...

I agree with steve--love the ending!

Presbyterian Gal said...

That's a good one. Thanks for sharing it.

David said...

This is a good one. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I am Chorus said...

This is great! Thanks!

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

After reading the Tuesday lectionary sharings...dreaming seems to be a spiritual practice. Joseph dreamed...Abraham dreamed...Jacob dreamed...