Ritual for Crossover Night by Blessing Omeiza Ojo | Poetry | PAROUSIA Magazine

Ritual for Crossover Night Hold the scripture in your hand. Open––open to wherever sayshappy is [ ]. Insert your name. There’s nothing wrongto be present in the book of life. Sanctify the season of griefinto the lake of fire. Bless … Continue reading Ritual for Crossover Night by Blessing Omeiza Ojo | Poetry | PAROUSIA Magazine

Like Calves Released From The Stall by Ayooluwa E. Adekoya Ìmísí | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

Like Calves Released From The Stall (For Emmanuel, on Christmas morning) And they shall leap joyfully like calves released from the stall Malachi 4:2 Before you arrived, we were charged With law-breaking Offenses for which we were imprisoned Behind the bars of guilt Wallowing in woes, swallowing reproach We were destined for destruction. Before you arrived, we were bruised By a dragon The adversary who bit us every night Writhing in pain, laden with wounds We fell under hell’s spell And became accustomed to affliction. Before you arrived, we were slaves To lust Flames with which we fiddled our bodies … Continue reading Like Calves Released From The Stall by Ayooluwa E. Adekoya Ìmísí | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

A GIFT; JOY TO THE WORLD by Tanki Sentsho | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

What a time, What a season, Christ being the reason A time for jubilation and ululations For He saved us from our tribulations A time to celebrate and embrace the memory of the one who was born to save creation A sacrifice brought to sanctity A King born that we may testify and glorify A gift that has brought joy to the world He was sold, He was bold, He did all that He was told He was born in a manger so we may be free from danger Given up as a ransom we could never afford Given up … Continue reading A GIFT; JOY TO THE WORLD by Tanki Sentsho | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

LOVE AND JOY CAME DOWN ON CHRISTMAS by Udochukwu Chidera | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

1) On the first day of Christmas, I placed the sole star on the pear tree as dust, Repainted the rooftops a dull reddish brown colour of rust, The air smelt metallic as Vaseline jars tended to our chapped lips, The halls are decked with boughs of neon holly, ivy and sunshine, 2) On the second day of Christmas, the bellies of runways, Were blessed with landing airplanes just like the two doves who bore peace, I woke up to the smell of curry and crow of three French hens on the third Yule day, Love came down on Christmas … Continue reading LOVE AND JOY CAME DOWN ON CHRISTMAS by Udochukwu Chidera | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

Christmas Hope by Ellie Wakeman | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and only God knew, tonight was the night, His Promise would break through.His people awaited hundreds of years, now it was time, God would triumph over all fears In the midst of getting up early, working through the night, mankind trying to carve out a good life with all their might. You see, many thought life was left up to them, tired and weary, with what seemed to have no end.Their motto became, “there’s work to do,”not knowing God was making all things new. Rolling up their sleeves, working hard just the same,the goal was … Continue reading Christmas Hope by Ellie Wakeman | Joy to the World Issue 14 | PAROUSIA

Exploring the CHRISTMAS Road | David C. Schwartz

Exploring the CHRISTMAS Road by David C.Schwartz | Parousia Christian Poetry Chapbook No 14 | PAROUSIA Magazine

“This grouping of original poems attempts to providenew answers to an ever-recurrent question: how can thebeauty, wonder and inspiration of Christmas more fullyinform our lives today? Taken together, these workssuggest that the Christmas spirit can be called forth, andcalled upon, … Continue reading Exploring the CHRISTMAS Road by David C.Schwartz | Parousia Christian Poetry Chapbook No 14 | PAROUSIA Magazine