Prelude to Christmas
by Clay Harrison
Tonight the world is white and silent
with freshly fallen snow.
Stars twinkle and shine like diamonds
above the village below.
There's gingerbread in the oven,
spiced cider, and pumpkin pie,
tasty echoes from yesteryear
when childhood friends stopped by.
Popcorn and cranberry garlands
are being strung with care,
and the fragrance of pine and cedar
permeate the frosty air.
Sleighbells ring in the distance;
all is calm and bright,
and nearby a church choir's singing
a soulful "Silent Night."
There are gifts beneath the Christmas tree,
decorations wall to wall
and hopes are high as days pass by
that God will bless us all.
In the prelude to Christmas,
there is much to be done
as friends unite to celebrate
the coming of His Son.