A Christmas Poem: Amazing Peace

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After days of contemplating what thoughts I wanted to share with you this holiday season, I came upon a poem written by Maya Angelou. I read it over several times: Each time I felt its message more deeply.

We are living in such unprecedented and tumultuous times. The world is in desperate need of individuals who collectively believe that peace, kindness, generosity, and beauty can not only exist but be an integral part of our daily existence. I feel that gardeners and other artists hold the key to what our lives were always meant to be; heaven on earth.

Without further ado, I offer you the words of the magnificent Maya Angelou.

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

By Dr. Maya Angelou

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes

And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

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It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth’s tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal’s, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.

Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.

Wishing all of you, your family and friends an abundance of love, peace, joy, and well-being this holiday season. With love and blessings, Fran

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at www.fransorin.com.

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Lydia Plunk December 16, 2015, 8:55 am

And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

Roy December 16, 2015, 10:35 am

Thank you.
A wonderful and peaceful holiday to you and all.

Marcy smith December 16, 2015, 4:54 pm


Wendy December 17, 2015, 1:51 am

While a lovely sentiment, real peace will only be found once we get to heaven..and the key to getting there is to understand why jesus came in the first place. He truly is the reason for the season. I pray you find his peace. Blessings on you <3

Fran Sorin December 17, 2015, 5:33 am

Wendy…Thank you for your blessings. Happy holidays. Fran

Fran Sorin December 17, 2015, 5:34 am

Marcy Smith…My pleasure. Yes, Maya Angelou is eternally inspiring. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season. Warmly, Fran

Fran Sorin December 17, 2015, 5:36 am

Thank you Roy. Your wishes are much appreciated. And the same to you. Warmly, Fran

Fran Sorin December 17, 2015, 5:37 am

Lydia Plunk…Thanks for that lovely passage. Fran

Pam's English Garden December 19, 2015, 3:31 pm

The perfect choice for the times we are in, Fran. I have linked to this excellent posting in my latest blog post. Thanks so much. Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas. P. x

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