A Poem by Pastor Carolyn

The tree is down, the tinsel gone - -  it seems hard to contemplate

that it’s no longer time to celebrate.

The cookies – nothing left but crumbs, the ornaments all put away

to come back out another day.

Cantatas are over, and parties but a memory

gone like the tinsel and the tree.

But oh what relief and oh what joy

the reason is the baby boy.

The reason does not ever leave, nor does He ever go away

God sent the baby to earth to stay.

This baby born in Bethlehem, lying in a manger stall

so tiny, meek, is God of all.

This baby never leaves our side - - this baby who is Christ the Lord

always with us, much adored.

Not just at Christmas but always here;  Emmanuel – our God with us

whether in joy or trial or fuss.

So that is why we celebrate not just a day or just a week

 why we should always search and seek.

The good we do for those in need and done in Jesus’ holy name

will leave them never quite the same.

No matter where you are in life - -  no matter what the time of year

we realize God is always near.

We respond in thankfulness with voices raised

a song of gratitude and praise.

Whatever becomes in the future, keep the Baby always near

God bless you as you enter into this brand new year.