Happy New Year

wish you a prosperous and healthy New Year.
One without sadness and fear.
A year filled with much pleasure.
Which comes from God’s own treasure.
I am thankful for you.
Yes, this is true.
Wishing you the best,
Far above all the rest!
Happy New Year,

Hanukkah Story

Way back in ancient time,
There was a heinous crime,
When Greece had taken the land.
It was by Antiochus IV’s hand,
The Temple was destroyed.
The horror he employed.
For he did choose,
To destroy the Jews.
This awful Syrian King,
Pagan ways he did bring.
He was just plain cruel,
In how he did rule.
He made such a mess.
The Jews were in distress.
The pagans did try to demolish
God’s Word, but it did not abolish.
Idol worship came about,
Pushing God’s way out.
No longer could Jew’s worship,
For the Temple they did strip.
Stolen was the silver and gold,
Much more could be told.
They desecrated the alter.
Wanting the Jews to falter.
The sacrifice of a pig,
On the alter was big!
Jews were kept from their holy tradition
Made to bow in dishonorable submission.
This was the most horrible situation!
Rituals were of a new formation.
This was the last straw,
What happened to God’s Law!
Then up rose a Maccabee,
To set the Jewish people free.
For now help was on the way,
The Maccabee leader did not delay.
The battle was hard and long.
These mighty men were strong.
They fought day and night.
They did not run in fright.
Eventually God’s people won.
The war was finally done.
There was no doubt,
What the next step was about.
The Temple was first on the list,
For it was surely missed.
In gathering a large crew,
They knew exactly what to do.
They began with sanctuary purification,
In order to have Temple rededication.
They did more than clean.
It looked so serene.
Then what did they find?
It needed to be shined.
The menorah was found,
Happiness did abound.
There was no hesitation,
For this Temple rededication.
The menorah was set on the table,
It was now standing quite stable.
At once oil was poured in.
Day one would now begin.
However, the big problem at hand,
Was not enough oil for the lampstand.
But the lamp did burn bright.
All through the night,
And into the next day,
The flame did not go away.
Much to their surprise,
The light did arise.
At the end of the eighth day,
More oil was brought their way.
A miracle was had,
God’s people were glad.
God did renew His people’s hope.
They were more than able to cope.
God’s people did rejoice.
Praise went up as one voice.
Able now to worship Almighty God,
With all glory, praise, and laud.
Faith was renewed in the land,
because of God’s mighty hand.
So now we remember,
This wonder in December.
Each and every year,
We think of God and cheer.
The Temple was cleansed and consecrated
With great joy this should be celebrated.
And yet,
Don’t forget.
The reason
For the season.
God has given,
a gift from heaven.

O Hanukkah

O Hanukkah, O Hanukkah,
Come light the menorah,
It’s a time to soar ah.
As we gather around,
May Your grace abound.
In each heart here today,
This is what I pray.
We come to have fun,
And we thank You for Your Son.
So, let us rejoice and be glad,
For all the miracles to be had.
We know they all come from You,
For it is rightly and true.
Again and again we see,
It’s Your hand that sets us free.
All we need to do is ask.
Hello! This is not a big task.
He waits for us to say,
We need help on this day.
His hand is opened wide.
Why not get on and ride?
He is all we ever need,
If we would only heed.
His Word is true and good,
His people have understood,
That God is gracious and great.
Do we need to worry about our fate?
He will protect us forever,
Because He is wise and clever.
His love for us never ends,
We see it, by what He sends.
So, come along on this day,
To shout a big Hooray!
Don’t wait til May!

Christmas Struggle

Christmas should be
the time of year,
When people are filled
with lots of cheer.
Being so busy,
hustle and bustle about,
Hoping what we want
will not run out.
The pace is quickened.
There’s so much to do.
Wanting to buy
only gifts for a few.
Then all of a sudden,
the time has drawn near.
It is almost that time,
and we say, “Oh dear”!
What has just happened,
what has gone wrong?
It is almost here,
and I haven’t a song.
Then I looked out my window,
to my amazement I saw,
the snow coming down.
It looked so cold and raw
But wait!
What could this be?
It is my friends,
coming to visit me.
I opened the door,
and invited them in.
I could hardly wait,
for the talk to begin.
“We have been hearing,
that you are sad and blue.
There is so little time left,
and there’s so much to do.
We came over to see you,
because you needed to hear
‘This is a joyous time,
so why do you fear?
Put your trust in the Lord,
He will give you a song.
Why not do this?
How can you go wrong?
His peace He will give you,
you only need to ask.
Why not do it now?
This is not a hard task!’ ”
I sat there and thought,
Oh, now what have I done!
I do trust in,
the Almighty One.
I changed my focus,
onto the One above.
And now I could feel,
His mighty love.
Oh this felt great,
and I felt so grand.
I was ready to go,
for I was in His hand.
We said our good byes.
They walked out the door.
For now filled with peace,
I did fret no more.

Holiday Struggle

The holiday struggle,
it’s so hard to juggle.
Oh, what should I do?
I don’t want to be blue.
There is so much on my mind.
I do so need to find,
a way to get through,
all that I have to do.
I will just sit here,
and dismiss all fear.
I don’t want to miss,
the meaning of this.
The holidays should not cause strife,
all the time in my life.
I need to let go,
and go with the flow.
So I will.
I shall fill,
my mind with a good thought,
and not be high-wrought.
I will smirk,
when at work.
I will not let things get me down,
for I do not want to frown.
I will focus on what is true,
If it is the last thing I do.
I will be in a good mood,
and I will not brood.

Time of Year

This is the time of year,
That can bring you lots of cheer.
All that you have to do,
Is acknowledge the One who,
Created heaven and earth,
With salvation from rebirth.
The joy He wants to give,
A peace therein to live.
This overflowing love,
Comes only from above.
It is for you and me.
It is absolutely free.
What is the true meaning of life?
Are you filled with so much strife?
Why not give it all up today.
This truly is the right way.
It is as easy as one, two, three
To ask Him to come and be with thee.
So why not take a stand,
To walk around the land,
With your head held high,
He will draw you nigh.
His peace will fill your heart.
What a great brand new start.
His blessings are for the taking.
If only you are making,
A choice to come to Him,
It is more than just a whim.
He will ever be by your side.
He will never loose His stride.
Oh the joy He does bring,
It makes you want to sing!
His peace does fill the air.
He tends to you with care.
His love for you does overflow.
All you have to do, to Him is go.

One Holy Night

One holy night,
a star burned bright.
Way down in Bethlehem,
is where it did stem.
Joseph and Mary,
were given a baby.
Way up high,
in the sky,
angels were heard,
giving a word.
The shepherds did hear,
and had no fear.
Even though it was night,
they immediately took flight.
They had to go see,
this new born baby.
The Wise Men from a far,
had been following a star.
This star did burn bright,
for many a night.
They did ponder,
what was yonder.
The star they followed,
was to see the Hallowed.
One does proclaim,
from the east they came.
They traveled far and wide,
riding on camels’ hide.
Their journey was swift,
for each had a gift.
Each one of them did bring,
a gift for the new born King,
It has been told,
that one brought gold.
Frankincense was brought.
That was a nice thought.
The last gift was like spice,
which sure smelled nice.
When the magi did arrive.
The baby was alive.
In the stable, on the hay,
is where the new born baby lay.
The parents couldn’t afford more,
because they were quite poor.
Each Wise Man bent his knee,
upon seeing the baby.
I bet their hearts did sing,
as they looked at the King.
Their gifts they gave,
to the One who will save.
Jesus is his name.
He is why they came.
Then they went on their way,
praising God for this day.
God deserves all the glory.
This is a great true story.