“O’ Holy Night” and “Prince of Peace” (original poem)

As I began to write a post for Christmas, I felt my words becoming a poem. I decided to combine creative forces with my musically talented brother to bring these words to life with the lyrics of a classic Christmas hymn. Merry Christmas, hope you enjoy!



Prince Of Peace

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6


The veil of innocence falls

Pain, sin, injustice overwhelm

Darkness engulfs


Light is stolen from beating hearts

Children in slavery

Babies with hungry bellies

War and terror ravage

Violence, tears, and fear


Brothers and sisters

Black and white

Gunmen and children

All in a fallen fight


And our hearts just bent

On making a political statement


Not to point out right or wrong

But here— at Christmas— can we all just get along?


So far from the life God has spoken

Tension between His children

He hurts at the world entangled in broken


Wonderful Counselor

Mighty God

Everlasting Father

Prince of peace


But we are restless, hopeless,

aching, breaking,

and totally without peace. 


And we’re supposed to deck the halls

We’re supposed to rejoice

In the midst of it all


Joy in the impossible?

Peace in the groaning?


Maybe the answer to our questions

Lies in Christmas tradition:


“A weary world rejoices”


We know our own weariness

In need of a love bigger than our mess


So what if we raised our voice

Hit our knees in praise

While our hearts are still breaking


True peace is more

Hope not dependent on circumstance

Peace in the promises of the baby Mary bore


Peace beyond human definition

Unattainable by human intuition


The world wasn’t yet ready

On that holy night


Jesus entered the world under the stars

to work the wondrous in the weary

so he will work in us


True peace rests in a manger

in the middle of a dirty stable.

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