Director of the Christmas Program
    Footnotes
    Theme

    “Director of the Christmas Program,” Ensign, Dec. 2009, 68

    Director of the Christmas Program

    Final rehearsal

    and still I ask how,

    from present chaos,

    can we possibly create

    a heavenly choir?

    But I pray that we may.

    Then, on Sabbath day in answer to desire,

    Past sticky smear on best-dress sleeve,

    Past crying babe and petulant child

    Comes elusive feeling creeping,

    Magically distilled and seeping

    Into hidden places of my harried heart.

    “Glory to God in the highest …”

    Like a shawl, wonder warms me

    At the wisdom of my choosing

    To take part at all.

    “Peace on earth,

    Goodwill to men …”

    Fellowship slips

    Into hollow soul-spaces

    With mellowness and ease.

    “How silently …

    the wondrous gift is given …”

    Hard to believe, but without

    Wrapping, ribbon, or bow, I know

    The nebulous gift is received.

    “Where meek souls will

    receive Him, still …”

    Indeed, our herald angels sing

    Right now, this holy day!

    Indeed, right here

    “… in this world of sin …

    the dear Christ enters in.”

    Illustration by Steve Kropp