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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 crystal snow they glide,
To the little country church this Christmas Eventide.
Folks anticipate the fellowship that awaits them there,
As they celebrate His birth with carols, love and prayer!

Steeds were eased to 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 "Merry Christmas to you" 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 tenancity!

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

Though on this Holy Eve ,from cathedrals 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 Christmas celebration!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 1/17/2012 7:05:00 PM
    I've only experienced Christmas Eve masses in larger cities. Attending one of these country masses might be a fun experience. Bob, you have described everything quite well with your descriptive wording and rhyming.

  1. Date: 12/3/2011 4:12:00 PM
    Yes, those small churches do a great job with a limited flock, limited funds, and limited talent..God reaches down in the midst of them and gives them a great production..Enjoyed reading your work..If for a contest, reads like a winner to me..Thanks for the soup mail for it was greatly appreciated...Sara

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 9:24:00 PM
    What a great picture of an old time church service in the Christmas season. Charming one for this time of year!

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 9:09:00 PM
    * "PS. * JUST WISHING TO RETURN UNTO THIS VERY BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY'S MOMENT * TO THANK YOUR KIND PRECIOUS HEART FOR THE WONDERFUL VISIT & LOVELY COMMENT * MADE MY HEART SMILE * HAVE A BEAUTIFUL EVENING DEAR ROBERT * MY LUV ALWAYS * SARAH." *

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 4:13:00 PM
    Bob, I come from a country church just as you described and I still visit it on some Christmases! It's very much like you described, the singing and the candlelight service, along with the choir boisterously singing to all, and yes, the organist has been there for at least 40 years! You'd be surprised how this small church of 100 people or commonly less, around 60 people, would have everything fitting to a "T" like you have described...all but the horse and sleigh...oh well!Thank you for sharing this lovely description of a glorious night!

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 2:13:00 PM
    * "IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM WAS I GOING TO PASS UPON COMMENTING THIS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL PAINTING * MY DEAR SWEET PRECIOUS BOB * EVERY GLORIOUS CHRISTMAS NOTE & IMAGE WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN PERFECTLY PLAYED * WAS EXACTLY THAT WITHIN * THIS LOVING YULETIDES MAGNIFICENT POEM * IMAGERY IS BEAUTIFUL AS WRAPPED WITHIN SUCH CIDERS WARMING LOVE * CHEERS UNTO YOUR GIFTED BRUSH * JINGLE BELL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS FAVE * MY LUV ALWAYS * SARAH." *

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 12:42:00 PM
    I've been to that church including having people show up for the service with the horse drawn sleigh. Beautiful memory. Thanks for shaking it free.

  1. Date: 12/2/2011 12:03:00 PM
    You depict a lovely image of Christmas in the country Bob, with faith alive and well. Hugs,vie