the Christmas season. Every night, starting the fourth Sunday before Christmas, we light the candles on the Advent wreath, read from the Bible and one of our Advent storybooks, and my sister and I open a new window on our Advent calendars. I admit that I can get impatient with it at times, particularly when I'm stressed with things I need to get done or I have to step away from chatting with friends, but the season wouldn't be the same without the tradition.
A few years ago, however, I decided that I was tired of all the calendars I'd been doing- particularly as I'd practically memorized the poem from my favorite Advent calendar- and so I decided to write my own Advent poem. Then, because my original poem turned out rather long for nightly reading, I wrote another set of poems last year: four poems, one for each week and each candle in the Advent wreath. As it happened, I ended up writing most of the poems at the last minute, so I couldn't post them . . . but this year, I thought I'd put them up, one per week until Christmas (when I'll possibly post my original Advent poem). And yes, this first poem should've gone up on Sunday. I was putting up the Christmas tree, though, and yesterday I just forgot.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy!
Week One: Prophecy
The prophecies, they spoke of Him:
The One who freed us all from sin.
They called Him shepherd and called Him king.
They called Him Light that Life will bring.
They called Him lamb and sacrifice.
They said that He would be despised.
They said He’d come to break the chains.
He’d free the people who were slaves.
-Sarah (Leilani Sunblade)