It is our hope and prayer that the following two original Christmas poems: ‘A Lonely Season’ and ‘The Joys of Christmas’ by South African poet Angela Chetty will aid your Advent reflections.
A Lonely Season
Loneliness bites into my bones
Its grip gets tighter and tighter
All I can think of are the days
When you were by my side
How will I get through these holidays?
My broken heart feels shredded
My mind cannot shake this feeling.
I am consumed by your loss
How do I go on without you?
These holidays and Christmas
Will never be the same.
I feel like the depths of despair has
Possessed my psyche.
When will this feeling end?
Lord, give me strength
To face this loss
Take me by the hand
Comfort me in your love
Wipe away the tears in my heart.
God is with you through all life’s seasons
This curtain of grief will lift
The burden of heaviness will melt away
Share your heartfelt loss
Write letters to your loved one
Treasure the moments you were blessed with
Celebrate their life.
Nothing lasts forever
Remember you are not alone
“ I will never leave you, nor forsake you,
I will be with you even until the end.”
Trust in the promises of God
You will “breathe” the joys of life.
© Angela Chetty 10/12/ 2021
The Joys of Christmas
Amidst the hurry and flurry
Caught up in the commercial hype
With Christmas trees and fairy lights
Santa Claus and searching gifts for loved ones
Do not forget the reason for the season
The birth of Christ our Lord.
Oh! What a night it must have been
when shepherds saw the star
Finding Baby Jesus, they worshipped him
Blessing him with precious treasures.
The humble beginnings of a child born to be King.
His unselfish love
The glory of His grace
The ultimate sacrifice he paid for our lives
Oh! What peace we find
In knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord.
Through it all, his faithfulness never changes
This Christmas we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus
We give thanks to God
For his love and blessings.
© Angela Chetty 09/12/2021