Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the past 26 days, I’ve been publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. It’s now Christmas Day, so here is 2017’s poem. Merry Christmas! If you’re not familiar with “Darkwater Church,” an image I created/discovered early this year, click here to read all about it.

The hallowed doors unlock once more;
They usher me inside.
It’s Christmas in my heartsong home,
The place where love abides.
The air is filled with Glorias,
With wassails, and with hymns.
The church at Old Darkwater —
It’s decked out for the king.

The walls are sparked with rainbow glow:
Of shining reds and golds
The windows show the dawning light,
Already three days old
We do not carry candles here
While singing Silent Night
For in Darkwater parish —
our Joy itself is light.

The deepened blue of Advent hope,
That dwelt here yesterday,
Is dancing out the open doors
To show the world the way.
A world that needs to hear the news
To feel the Christmas peace.
We know that news in ’Water Church —
And so it is released.

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