My friend of twenty years, David Lyttle, and his wife, Wilma, have a ministry with needy people in Greece and Macedonia. Unfortunately, they were visiting his family in Ireland when the Covid quarantine shut down the borders, so neither of them has yet been able to return to their life’s work.
In addition to his Irish sense of humor that at times is even more “off the wall” than mine, David is an eloquent speaker. What I did not know until I got their Christmas card this past week, is that David also writes poetry. He included a poem called “Christmas 2020.” I think after you read it, you will understand why I think it is worth your time.
To hear 20-20 in previous years
Would mean all is well and allay all our fears
Whether our sight, health or many things more
Were totally perfect if we got such a score.
Alas, that was history, and not true this year
As Covid 19 shook the whole world with fear.
With millions of victims and thousands of deaths,
This unseen deadly virus has us holding our breaths,
Alongside volcanoes were locusts and fires,
Hurricanes and flooding and warlike desires.
Some spoke of God’s wrath in response to the way
We’ve rejected His Laws and His Son day by day.
For many, this year has meant heartache and strain
As loved ones have passed, oft alone and in pain,
But this season reminds us with constant refrain
We never need fear being lonely again!
That child became man and unlike all the rest,
Was sinless and perfect and left mankind blessed.
His teaching was loving, gentle and true,
But sin was confronted as He told what to do.
Confronting Corona we feel helpless indeed,
As this silent killer claims with insatiable greed
Like sin, when it’s finished leading to death,
Unlike sin, which was conquered by Jesus’ last breath.
So when you are checking your gifts by the tree
Remember another gift which is totally free.
It cost God His son, and cost Jesus His life.
It is the gift of salvation bringing peace in our strife.
David Lyttle, Christmas 2020
I hope that Christmas in 2020 is more for you than just presents and feasting and laughter. I pray that you will reflect on the events that created Christ-mass – how a baby king was born in a stable and why, but mostly why.
So from my family to yours, may you have a blessed Christmas and a new year that leads you to peace, courage, and joy.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.