Christmas Eve

Hope in the Age of Darkness: Gifts of the Incarnation

Isaiah 9:2-7

In this poem from Isaiah 9, we are given this prophetic hope of the One on whom all the authority of God rests. It is of the one who is named “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Then we are told that “his authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace.”

John Denver was an idol of mine through my high school and college years. In adulthood, I followed his career, I have played and sung his music through the years, and I even have a collection of his entire work. I grieved his untimely death, and I am still amazed at the gems I continue to discover amidst his work.

One of those gems I discovered just a few years ago was this poem, which I now offer here. It is an original from the late singer, songwriter, and poet … John Denver … and may it be a poem that moves us in this time of darkness and fear to the place of peace.

The Peace Poem
by John Denver

There’s a name for war and killing
there’s a name for giving in
then you know another answer.
For me the name is sin

But there’s still time to turn around
and make all hatred cease
and give another name to living
and we could call it peace

And peace would be the road we walk
each step along the way
and peace would be the way we work
and peace the way we play

And in all we see that’s different
and in all the things we know
peace would be the way we look
and peace the way we grow

There’s a name for separation
there’s a name for first and last
when it’s all for us or nothing.
For me the name is past

But there’s still time to turn around
and make all hatred cease
and give a name to all the future
and we could call it peace

And if peace is what we pray for
and peace is what we give
then peace will be the way we are
and peace the way we live

Yes, there still is time to turn around
and make all hatred cease
and give another name to living
and we can call it peace.

This is our Christmas Eve prayer, O Lord. Amen.

3 thoughts on “Christmas Eve

  1. Wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing. [I’m also big John D fan! “Country Roads” was originally written about western Maryland (I’m from Maryland), but it wouldn’t rhyme, so they changed it to West Virginia! Bill & Taffy Danoff, who I knew in DC, cowrote the song with him.] Nancy Garner

    1. Nancy, that is so cool. I cut my teeth on John Denver and still love to pull out the guitar and join my son (on the keys) to sing his music. One of my favorite is “Country Roads,” and I never knew the origin of the song. Thank you for sharing your connection and friendship. These ties mean so much to me.

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