during sun-shortened days

a supernatural light dawns

lightness of heart pervades

a sense of continual wonder

even when the reason lies unknown

kindness abounds and sincere

longings to help one another

kindle in renewed community

goodness flies on the snowflake

as easily perceived as light

as readily felt as fireplaces

and other cold night's refuge

eyes like childrens' light and glow

amid the colors some feel hope

the veil is made more transparent

they're closer than ever before

take them in, my dear Jesus

as the manger took in your tiny form

the most tender of this celebration

can eventually become all eternity long

hearts irrevocably given to you

the gift that lights our way forever