Friday, December 23, 2016

searching for cheer


tis the season
for christmas cheer
snow is falling
carols are sung
people are bustling
here and there
and jolliness seems to be
everywhere
yet
i'm still standing here
empty handed
my heart is full
but not with joy
with doubt
fear
confusion
dread
so i wait for it
to snow
and i buy all
the gifts
i watch elf
and polar express
and rudolf the reindeer
but
nothing
am i broken
have i just grown up
why is this excitement
absent
in my life
but then i stop
and realize
christmas isn't about
the lights
the music
the traditions
it's not even about
who's here
and who isn't
it's about
Emmanuel
God with us
our Savior
who came down to earth
to save us
yet i base my feelings
on a christmas tree
on snowmen
and holiday cookies
no wonder i don't feel
this "spirit"
of christmas
i've been looking
to all the wrong things
when it's only ever been about
Jesus
and the precious gift
we've been given



How are you feeling about Christmas? I know this season can be really hard for a lot of people, and I totally get that! There's people that I miss and traditions that have been lost, and it's sad, but I've come to the realization that it doesn't matter if I feel "christmasy" or not, because this season is all about Christ, not me. So join me in these last couple of days in worshiping Jesus and remembering why we celebrate this holiday in the first place.

Merry Christmas! Wishing you all a wonderful holiday,

Elizabeth

22 comments

  1. This is beautiful! <3

    ~Daminika

    lifeonpoohcorner.blogspot.com

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  2. I had been feeling exactly like the beginning of this poem, but exactly how the poem goes to say, I was looking for the "Christmas spirit" in all the wrong places. I love this!! So beautiful! Love the picture too :) Merry Christmas!!
    -Faith

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it and could understand what I was trying to say :) Merry Christmas!

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  3. this poem literally sums up everything about the holidays <3 i love it.

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  4. I have all the feels from this poem. Sad that I am not that excited but accepting of what the holidays really means (: I really enjoyed post!

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    1. Exactly! Growing to learn that even if the gifts and lights don't get you jittery, it's still all about Jesus and what He did for us. I'm glad you enjoyed it <3

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  5. <333 I know what you mean - it's sad that it doesn't feel the same as childhood memories but it's okay the same time, ya know?

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    1. I do know ;) Oh to be a little kid again!

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  6. basically you just took everything i am feeling and smashed it into the most beautiful collection of words ever. *nods with approval* you're amazing

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    1. Thank you <3 I actually stole it from your thoughts but shush don't tell anyone!

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  7. i know. it's all because of Him. because of Him. and the things here on earth don't matter anymore. because He is enough. the presents, the food (albeit tasty), the people. like...all fades when I see His face.

    immanuel. God with us.

    resting in that.

    also, "There's people that I miss and traditions that have been lost, and it's sad, but I've come to the realization that it doesn't matter if I feel "christmasy" or not, because this season is all about Christ, not me."
    yep, girl. you got it.

    loves. x

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    1. "resting in that" <3 Yes, forever resting in Him and His promises.

      I'm so glad you liked it and understood where I was coming from :') Merry Christmas, Cally!

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  8. Hello I'm Marrok, and this is a great post! I have to say i felt the same way a couple years ago til i realized we are not celebrating a tree or anything. No we are celebrating the birth of Jesus! Thanks for the post!

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    1. Hi Marrok, thank you for the comment, I'm glad you enjoyed my post :)

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  9. Lovely post. And I have to say you're not the only one who feels like this!! But your post is such a lovely reminder to look at all the *right* things. Thanks for this, and Merry Christmas!!!
    love,
    steph

    strictlystephanie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Steph, you always say the nicest things xo <3
      Merry Christmas, I hope you had a lovey day!

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  10. OH. MY. GOODNESS. I just found this a few days after Christmas and this is just so beautiful and true gahhh

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    1. Aw yay 🙈 I'm so glad you liked it!

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  11. Strangely in the midst of family and cooking and baking and eating, I didn't really get to celebrate the day the way I wanted to. I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year!

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    1. You know, sometimes that just happens! It's weird, but I understand the feeling.
      Thank you!

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