Joy Comes in the Morning~Advent Poem Week 3


Disappointment. Despair.
Darkness descends.
Desolate one
raise your downcast face
to He who collects
your tears in His bottle.
Look. Look.
To the east on the horizon
a light beam in the soul’s pitch black.
The heart has quickened.
The Son has dawned.
See. See.
A ray of hope
The Light of the World shines.
Weeping may endure for a night
but joy comes in the morning.

-Debbie Neal Crawford


Embrace the Prince of Peace~Advent Poem Week 2

Embrace Peace

Hurried. Worried.
So much to prepare.
Distracted with to-dos
And the coming new year.

Pause. Reflect.
Take time to consider.
See the baby in a manger
Born to be our Savior.

Rest. Rejoice.
In your striving cease.
Ready your heart.
Embrace the Prince of Peace.

-Debbie Neal Crawford

Barabbas, Did You Believe?

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Barabbas, did you believe?
Notorious rebel
Murderer and thief
Bound in chains
when the soldiers came.
What did you expect
as you stood before Pilate?
With Jesus there beside
as the crowd screamed


You, a sinner released
while the Sinless took
your place.
What did you do
with your chains now removed?
To the cross did you go
to see the One who suffered woe-
Did your eyes meet
at the Savior’s feet
Barabbas, did you believe?

-Debbie Neal Crawford

“Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
in my place condemned He stood,
sealed my pardon with His blood:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!”
-from the hymn Man of Sorrows by P. P. Bliss