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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Child's First Call to Serve

 I've sat here pondering this picture, this weeks prompt over at Magpie Tales hosted by Willow.  Then I read over a few of the other takes, and again sat here pondering this picture.  Throughout this time, my thoughts kept running back to a cold winter's night long ago, a white blanket covering the roads, icicles dangling from the evergreen trees.  As I was about to enter the church for a Christmas Eve service late in the evening, I glanced to the sky as the flakes again began to fall.  There, up high, the stained glass window, very similar to this, caught my attention as the streetlight rays bounced off of the babe, sending a ray to the ground in front of where I stood.  And then as I entered the building, the pastor called me to his office, he had a request of me....

A Child's First Call to Serve

I sat quietly nervous, wondering why,
This night of all nights, the Eve of your birth,
Be it that he would ask of me to help, why,
picture prompt #45 for Magpie Tales
What did he know of my time here on earth?

How could he know it was my time to serve You,
My knees bounced, tapping nerves, reading a psalm,
Welling up in my heart, eyes filled with tears too,
How many people,  my heart was still calm.

Then I looked to the colored glass up so high,
Words left my heart remembering The child,
And through my prayers, was You who called me nigh,
The tale we shared, one so tender and mild.

The world's gift, a child born to a man and his wife,
On this night, this the CELEBRATION of Your life.

Petrina Lesko
December 2010


Obviously, it turned into a very special night, one that I shall carry with me always.  Thanks Covell (he was the pastor with the request of this young child).  I believe I had just turned twelve earlier that month... and I believe there were over 150 in attendance.

29 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

A beautiful post sharing a very precious moment in your life!

Sumit Sarkar said...

Superb poetry...
beautiful imagination :)

madamebutterfly said...

Lovely memory for you - thank you for sharing

Gabriela Abalo said...

Thanks for sharing with us such wonderful memory

Merry Christmas
:)

Lyn said...

Beautiful awakening..so grateful that you had that experience!

Jingle said...

fond memories are of the best.
well done.
Merry Christmas.

gautami tripathy said...

What great memories...


a picture

autumnraven said...

I love the flow and how you made the anticipation so real. Beautifully done.

Tess Kincaid said...

A rich and beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing it with us, Petrina.

Myrna R. said...

what a sweet memory.

Friko said...

It must have been a very dear memory to cherish and remember at this time of year.

Teresa said...

How wonderful!

RegCPA5963 said...

particularly liked The tale we shared so tender and mild! Wonderful flow throughout, thanks for sharing

Nanka said...

Lovely reminiscences and in tune with the season too!!

Have a great festive month ahead!!

Brigid said...

A lovely memory and a reminder of the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of hope.

Donna B said...

Beautiful and heart warming. Sweet magpie.

D.A.W said...

what a lovely memory...thank you for sharing

kaykuala said...

Petrina,
It is amazing how you could relate a historical happening in your poem and all nicely rhymed. Excellent piece!

Brian Miller said...

sweet...what a warm moment to carry with you...and bet he did not know in allowing you to serve what it would mean...or maybe he did...smiles

John McElveen said...

Magnificent and what a Tribute!

John

signed...bkm said...

What a beautiful Christmas story...when we are called to a higher purpose and to accept that purpose to serve....Have a Blessed Christmas...bkm

Lena said...

I'm so in tune with this beautiful post. My feeling and memories are so similar.

Margaret Bednar said...

Wonderful! It flows so smoothly and has "heart". I liked it a lot.

kathew said...

true meaning of Christmas. Lovely gift to you as a child.

Marlene said...

What a wonderful, special memory. Thank you for sharing it.

WarmSunshine said...

This was beautiful :) Nicely done!

Thanks for you visit... Happy Blogging! :)

Jingle Poetry said...

Here is the end of the year awards 4 you, enjoy!

End of The Year Awards 4 Friends of Jingle or Jingle Poetry Community

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Your support has been a delight to us, at this time of the year, We wish you all the best !

Link up to 3 poems to our potluck today, We send blessings all the way to brighten your day!

Carrie Burtt said...

Something to celebrate indeed...this is inspirational and beautiful! :-)

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Petrina, what a precious memory, thanks for sharing.