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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Countdown to Christmas/Advent (10/23/08)

TITLE: So Many Ways to Count
By Gerald Shuler
10/29/08


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So Many Ways to Count

From out the calm, cold quiet of a crisp December night,
I, sitting by the fireplace, sip cider (what delight!).
My children play together with a simple made up game,
while mother, in the kitchen, misses out. It's such a shame.
A tree stands in the corner with presents on the floor
and my children know, come Christmas, there may be even more.
They've counted days together, and kept me well informed;
making sure I'd not forget when my part would be performed.

While pondering their counting, my thoughts are pulled away
To the Christmas's of others who's lives aren't so cliche.
Soldiers fighting in Iraq would share another view:
their count would be 'til their return to whom thier heart was true.
On Christmas day they gather and almost sadly sing
all the songs reminding of other places, other things.
They would wait the time it took, a month, or two, or three
Until at last they celebrate with loving family.


Then I thought of others whose lives were in distress...
the homeless, the hungry, not to mention all the rest.
Were they counting down to Christmas as my children were?
Did patients dying of cancer want a present... or a cure?
Shame swept o'er my spirit as I began to pray.
"Lord, thank you for the blessings you bestowed on us today.
Help me reach the others with your shower from above,
and help me take your message to a hurting world, with love."


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Seema Bagai 10/31/08
A wonderful message beautifully expressed.
Joanne Sher 11/02/08
Lovely message for all of us who are in comfortable situations (which I'm sure is most of us = me included!). Very nicely done.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/02/08
Enlightening perspective that there truly are many ways to count down until the holidays. Thanks...
Sharon Kane11/03/08
I'm quite sure when you take the world as a whole there are far more people for whom Christmas is not comfortable than people for whom it is. This is a good reminder of just how blessed we are if we have a 'happy Christmas'. Well done!
Karlene Jacobsen 11/03/08
I don't know what to say.
This is an incredible reminder to be selfless.
Excellent work.
LauraLee Shaw11/06/08
Perfect. Left me with goosebumps and stinging eyes. We must look outside our rose-colored Christmas houses, pray and serve where we can. Bravo.