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Christmas Eve In A Country Church

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Christmas Eve In A Country Church

Sleigh bells jingle as o'er the snow they glide,
To the little country church this Christmas Eventide.
Folks anticipate the fellowshiip that awaits them there,
As they celebrate His Birth with carols, love and prayer.

Steeds were eased to the hitching posts with a gentle "Whoa!"
Faithful and patient horses snort and paw the drifting snow.
Folks greet others with a special glow upon their faces,
With a hearty "Merry Christmas" and unabashed embraces!

The old pastor had arrived about half-past five o'clock
To stoke the potbellied stove to warm his faithful flock.
The organist who'd served nigh on fifty years in that capacity,
Was at her post pedaling the organ with strident tenacity!

The pastor with a short Christmas homily had his say,
Followed by the Sunday School's annual Nativity play.
A warming glow flooded the old church with candlelight,
As the service closed with the singing of "Silent Night!"

Tho' on this Holy Night from cathedrals, great oratories occurred,
And ancient cantatas sung by thunderous choirs were heard,
The souls of this faithful, God-fearing congregation,
Were just as blessed by their simple Yuletide celebration!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 1/11/2013 10:01:00 PM
    I can't help smiling when I read your verses Bob, you do inject your special brand of humor into most of your writes. That line about the organist is hilarious and th44e last verse too. Enjoyed your take on theChristmas concert!

  1. Date: 1/7/2013 1:48:00 AM
    Wonderful write!

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 1:35:00 PM
    How i wish it could be Christmas everyday to celebrate it your way :)

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 2:51:00 PM
    Hope you well Robert H. expressing my tender late cheers with you here on the soup*LUV~SKAT

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 8:07:00 AM
    Lovely poetic Christmas scene. All the best to you and yours.

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 11:08:00 PM
    I really felt that I was in that country church and part of the congregation. Great poetry, Bob, as always. Thanks for your kind remarks re my poem. Not doing much writing any more. Have written and published 5 books including a Christmas Edition, so have moved on to lecturing in health-related topics instead. I really enjoy teaching! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and may God richly bless you in 2013. Cheers, Maureen

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 1:35:00 PM
    what a beautiful write, Bob. Happy New Year to you and Vera – sorry I’ve been away from Soup for so long (Sue recently left me for someone else). Congrats on all your wins, my friend : )

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 1:14:00 PM
    Wonderfully written with so much great imagery... Happy New Year to you and yours.

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 12:47:00 PM
    Superb Bob and happy New year yo oyu and yours , look forward to reading more in 2013 xx

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 4:15:00 PM
    Bob, just love this, have a happy and peaceful New Year...Dave

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 3:53:00 PM
    Happy New Year to you and Yours Bob! Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 3:43:00 PM
    Just wanted to touch base on my Mud Pie Sale poem. I wrote a line explaining things at the bottom because it was a bit obscurely written. Your response made me think maybe you missed that. Peace be on ya brother. :) That's what Barry said once on storage wars. He kinda cracks me up. :) Take Care.

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 1:09:00 PM
    Those old services always blessed my spirit..Great work about something that is mostly in the past..Enjoyed reading this afternoon..Sara

  1. Date: 12/30/2012 1:57:00 PM
    A heavenly write Robert. Angels visit big and small. Reminding us that Jesus started in a stall. A silent night brings peace to all. When Christmas bells ring to summon the call.

  1. Date: 12/29/2012 10:30:00 PM
    "Awesomely delightful " Robert , I should of came by sooner to read from you. Hope you have a very blessed New Year ;}

  1. Date: 12/28/2012 10:00:00 AM
    Robert; This is beautiful. I could just picture it. Thanks for sharing and may the New Year bring you and your family many blessings. Lucilla

  1. Date: 12/27/2012 8:12:00 PM
    a very charming one for the old fashioned Christmas Eve that we can still see sometimes in the world today. LOVELY.

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 10:15:00 AM
    Hi Robert felt like I was there, brill write, all the best to you and your family for the festive season my friend, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 6:10:00 AM
    you know Robert not unlike my christmas as a child, thousand s of miles away in the uk,, in fact you bring back lovely memories with this fine and wonderful poem...

  1. Date: 12/19/2012 10:33:00 PM
    And just as great. The annointing can be at any places, large or small. Love it, Bob. They are all the more precious at little church as one knows everyone. Enjoyed.