A Poem For Christmas Eve/Day

THE FLIGHT OF THE HEAVENLY HOST
(Luke 2: 1-14)

They flew over cities of a thousand old sorrows,
they flew over hills of a hundred hard griefs,
they flew over fields of love fallen in ruins,
and over dim hovels long haunted with yearning,
and over bright palaces of the powerful feasting,

and in their old graves the prophets
looked up to see them,
and the brown grasses bent to the rush of their passing,
and the wild seas lifted their waves in adulation,
and the pilgrim wind wept with the joy of their singing,

and the angels flew on to the pivot of history,
they flew upon wings made of messages of light,
and the prayers of the ages rose up to enwrap them,
and they stopped over stones of moss-covered memory
where hope’s moldered bones had lain down to die,

and the night held its breath and the dark knelt to listen,
and the trees brought the stars close with trembling hands
as a baby’s first cries cut the air in a stable
and shivering stunned shepherds
heard praises fill the Bethlehem sky.

Copyright ©2016 by Andrew King

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2 thoughts on “A Poem For Christmas Eve/Day

  1. Lynn Uzans says:

    Thank you Andrew. I ended my sermon at the Christmas Eve 11 PM worship with this poem – beautiful, thought-provoking and transforming. I am an Anglican priest currently serving at First Baptist Church Halifax, NS as Sr Pastor and Transition Minister. This is not the first time I have read your poetry from the pulpit. each time, people have asked for copies and I have referred them to your blog.

    • Andy King says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, and for visiting my blog so regularly! I am highly honoured and deeply blessed that you have chosen to use my poems on occasion; thanks for letting me know. May God bring you and your congregation many, many blessings in the coming year as you continue to serve so faithfully together.

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