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All I Want for Christmas

Confessions of a grief-stricken grinch

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
November 30, 2018

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All I Want for Christmas

It's a season of joy
that my sorrow has found
as these silent nights trigger my grief.
A loved one has left us
since Christmas last year.
And my laughter is seldom and brief.

It's the month of December
with carols and cards,
but my heart is too broken to care.
I'm lonely and anxious.
It feels like I'm lost.
A heaviness hangs in the air.

Traditions that moved me
for much of my life
(and music of Christmases past)
are trying my patience
and testing my faith.
How I wish that this month would go fast.

O God, all I want
for Christ's birthday this year
is the gift of Your Presence and peace.
Please grant me the means
to embrace what I feel
'til the nightmares of sorrow will cease.

*This week's poem is dedicated to my friends who have lost mates and parents this year and now face their first Christmas without them.

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Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.

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