In which eternity brushes time

by Craig on December 23, 2011


though heartsick, crestfallen, eyes cast low,

a clarion call rings forth

inviting heavenly gaze and vision to rise

for eternity

slips through time

and earth clasps the fingers of heaven

this is his day

years upon years

mysteries obstructed

His voice stilled

and silenced

His nation lay hushed




they had not heard, but had not forgotten



not for a lifetime, not for two

but as many decades

as there were nights

of an ancient storm

that swelled the waters

until the twig signaled new

silence is not forgetfulness

does the sun forget to rise?

promises pledged

a visitation portended

a birth

a life

a sacrifice

he came to his own

his own did not accept him


a glimmer past

shimmers this day

chasing darkness, and grayness, and dimness away

sacred remembrance, holy occasion,

echo of love being born

dutiful husband, pondering bride

witnesses together

of light piercing darkness

hope pulling down fear

of faith splitting doubt

love entered here


On Love’s birthday I pray that that your heart be the manger,

and the baby, your Savior,

and the angels to surround you, and whisper

that you are safe,

and known,

and loved.

That you are reading this is a most splendid Christmas gift to me.

Thank you.

Merry Christmas

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha Orlando December 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

How splendid this is, Craig!
Have a wonderful and joyous Christmas!


Craig December 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

it’s a splendid subject Martha, and thank you for your Christmas wishes, not lots of joy in terms of happy happy, but deeper joy in my Christmas this year – humble – and very, very, humbled. But blessed. Merry Christmas to you too my friend.


Andrea Dawn December 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

In my humble opinion, this is some of your finest work. Thank you for sharing this, Craig. Praying that you be blessed with an intimate visitation from the Holy One this Christmas. O come, o come, Emmanuel.


Craig December 23, 2011 at 11:37 am

I don’t write poems, Andrea Dawn. They take too much out of me. I’m a prose guy. Thank you for your kind words as always. I have the same wish for you this Christmas – and our Lord will be there in mine – probably just him, and me, and the love kitty – and that’s okay. Merry Christmas Andrea Dawn.


Dawn December 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Dear Craig,

I love how Andrea Dawn said it

May you be blessed with an intimate visitation from the Holy One this Christmas.

I pray that for you, too, a more intimate visitation than usual. I am sending you greetings via e-mail so I can attach a picture.

Merry Christmas,


Craig December 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm

thank you Dawn, and I got the picture of you, and your man, and the muttlies – made me smile. Merry Christmas.


Felecia December 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Craig ~ this is so lovely and I like the one on Deep Into Love also – but this better. Perhaps because this year more than ever I am feeling His love … His presence. This year He has cradled me in His arms and told me that He loved me … that He would never leave me.

And I know this to be true for all of His followers. All who love Him too.

You have grown so much this year, Craig. I know you are painfully aware of that. He has held you tighter, whispered ever more urgently. As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, know that you are very special and well loved by more people than you know. May you find comfort in that blessing. May you always find joy and peace in Him.
Much love,


Craig December 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Felicia, a quiet, humble, simple, almost not there Christmas for me this year – thank you for your kind words, they’re having a hard time breaking through because of this month, but you put them out anyway, and I’m grateful. And HIM? I’m not me without him,and rightmost of my joy, and all peace that I have, it’s coming from Him. Thank you again, God bless you.


Sylvia December 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm

So many beautiful thoughts here, Craig, and so well expressed. For one, “eternity
slips through time and earth clasps the fingers of heaven” builds awe in me, the more I contemplate it. And the photo of the manger with the shadow of the cross falling over it made me catch my breath. A favorite “Christmas decoration” we had out for several years (till part of it started disintegrating) was a manger with a cross behind it, spotlit together. Thank you for all this. And another amen to Andrea Dawn’s prayer.


Craig December 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

thank you Sylvia, the eternal God living human life, eternity wrapped in time, it’s a paradox. From the beginning the shadow of the Cross DID lie over the manger, and as was said to Mary, “a sword shall pierce your heart”. Thank you for the Amen to Andrea Dawn’s prayer, and God bless and keep you.


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