December 26, 2011

Christmas At The Old Homeplace

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I enjoyed reading a new book written by a good friend and sister-in-Christ, Lena Ogilvie Byler.  I asked her if it was okay with her if I used one of her poems in my blog.  “Of course you can” she said.

Lena’s book is titled Fireflies in a Jar and I believe it’s her first book.  The poem I wanted to share fits the Christmas season in general and reminded me of Christmas for my sister this year.  And to my friend, Lena, thank you for sharing God’s gift to you!

CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD HOMEPLACE

Mama walks to the window and pulls back the lace
A look of contentment comes over her face
A soft snow is falling, the family’s gathered in
It’s Christmas again at the old home place

The children are playing their faces aglow
The pine trees are laden with new-fallen snow
My mind paints a picture to review now and then
It’s Christmas again at the old home place

The house rings with laughter, a neighbor stops by
The turkey’s in the oven, Mama’s making a pie
Daddy’s telling his stories, how things were “back then”
It’s Christmas again at the old home place

If I could hold back tomorrow; if time could stand still
I would have this day always with snow on the hill
The house filled laughter, the family gathered in
And Christmas again at the old home place

It’s Christmas again at the old home place
In a house full of memories time can never erase
So gather ’round the table while Daddy says Grace
It’s Christmas again at the old home place

– Lena Ogilvie Byler

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