AT CHRISTMAS by Giti Tyagi – PAROUSIA Magazine

AT CHRISTMAS POET: DR. GITI TYAGI At Christmas the merriment spreads around The festivities, the joy when fills the air And spreads the message far and wide The message of love, cheer and bliss abound The message of the Lord, so Divine and pure This time of the year when the music fills The hearts with joy and the hopes that fly High up to the skies, higher they reach The faith in the goodness rekindles And the arms stretch out, welcoming all It’s more of a time we’d spend to cleanse Our souls and hearts and the inner selves … Continue reading AT CHRISTMAS by Giti Tyagi – PAROUSIA Magazine

PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021

PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021 we are pleased to announce that Parousia Magazine is open for its annual Christmas short story contest with a ₦25,000 prize. The theme for this year contest is “A Christmas Miracle.” Deadline is December 22nd, 2021. This contest is open to Christian writers from Nigeria only. The winning entry claims the prize. Send your story, maximum of 3000 words to parousiareads@gmail.com All contestants should follow us on all our social media platforms Facebook Page: Parousia Reads and Magazine Facebook Group: Parousia Collective Instagram: @parousiamag Twitter: @Parousiamag Continue reading PAROUSIA CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY CONTEST 2021

PAROUSIA Magazine Christmas Life Issue 10

  Dear Readers, Compliments of the season to you from Parousia Magazine. I am wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. This Christmas, Parousia makes history by publishing it 10th Issue. It is the Christmas Life Issue. Below are all our previous issues so far   Issue 1 – Easter Issue Issue 2 – Purity Issue Issue 3 – The Poetry Issue Issue 4 – Christmas Issue Issue 5 – The Gospel Issue 6 – Redemption Issue Issue 7 – Incarnation Issue Issue 8 – The Glorification Issue Issue 9 – Christmas Cascade Issue 10 – Christmas Life … Continue reading PAROUSIA Magazine Christmas Life Issue 10

Christmas Cheer by Luisa Kay Reyes | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  Christmas Cheer In a world that is filled with distress The light can still shine in darkness For while there was no room in the inn The angels made sure it wasn’t the end. Ensuring as promised The Word became flesh To bring goodness on earth a refresh So that none who believe are a stranger To The King who was born in a manger. Being strapped by wrongs that are ever confining And preventing our stars from shining The Truth arrived on Christmas Eve Providing us all with a great reprieve. This gift of freedom from strife Was … Continue reading Christmas Cheer by Luisa Kay Reyes | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Okoro Emmanuel Chukwuebuka | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

    12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS At the days of Christmas It came along with fantasies on pear Trees And glamorous crystal lightings Like golds Which evolves with the beauties Of the fruits of the spirit. As the two Scarlett doves sprang up With the trade marks of the holy spirit Which fills our mouths with tongues of Joy. The Three French hens came with The cock crows of peace which Over flooded the nations with oceans Of happiness. As the crows called four pretty Birds to flap their wings in amazement. The five rings became golds As wedding bells … Continue reading 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Okoro Emmanuel Chukwuebuka | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Christmas Tree Lights by Victoria Crawford | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  Christmas Tree Lights A fir tree lot three kids run wild searching the biggest, the fullest, the tallest reined in by one to fit our living room. Mother, indecisive in the face of choosing ham or baloney, finding fault with leaning and bald spots, left it up to Father, our decider. He cut it down. We waited with baited breath forbidden speech or helping Father balanced it in the tree stand, bald spot to the wall, anxious hour for the branches surrendering to gravity before the weaving of the lights within the branches Father’s part of the ritual complete … Continue reading Christmas Tree Lights by Victoria Crawford | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

CHRISTMAS LIFE by Deborah Nwanguma | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  CHRISTMAS LIFE I am on the dusty roads that lead to homes swollen with people, crawling kids. hanging is the lingering past of a worn year. the month is fading and the rooms are lightened. With the bells of a coming dance, crashing drums for a glorious celebration. The morning air is the calling of the sea, chilly with promises. The leaves shake in epileptic fever. The trees billow in surrender, in a burst of light and rare dance. In the afternoon, the sun studies our skin. On the walls are the cards that spread wings of greetings, wishes … Continue reading CHRISTMAS LIFE by Deborah Nwanguma | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Joy to the World by Princess Joy | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  Joy to the World Joy to the world, the Lord is born. His birth, not strange; yet mysterious. Formed like every other, But in the womb of a virgin. Leaving His glory, becoming poor for me. Joy to the world; a saviour is born. A prove of the wonders of His love. The law became grace, that many be saved. A tie of reconciliation to the father, That none be cast away. Joy to the world; a king is born. His excellency foretold ; His supremacy, angels worshipped. His glory, the stars revealed. His royal power, the heavens declare … Continue reading Joy to the World by Princess Joy | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

The lease of God in skin by Tope Ashaolu| Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

The lease of God in skin On an axe and fiddling tone was words made The words poured by several servant in several decades Even when centuries make it a phony talk A minute still make it a root that stems need In a hut was God descended Even when earth was His stool And firmament, His resting bar But still, He was lease from oven into a weed boutique Sometimes skin is a sin on it own But God was puke in this skin & in skin was corrections built by Him Bringing all death into past And swelling … Continue reading The lease of God in skin by Tope Ashaolu| Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

WRITING ABOUT THE BABY by Elemide Benjamin | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  WRITING ABOUT THE BABY How do you write a poem for the poet that author life without writing a book? I have learnt to write about the road network in the middle of Red Sea, the showers of manna from the restaurant of Heaven, but how do you write about the man that was never a man who left His footprint on water when he walked on the sea of our fears? I could start this poem from the chemistry that made the Word to become flesh inside the test tube of a virgin, but this poem is not … Continue reading WRITING ABOUT THE BABY by Elemide Benjamin | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

THE CHRISTMAS CHAPTER by Onwana Chibueze Declan | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  THE CHRISTMAS CHAPTER Our story of birth in the creation is linked to the fall of man Where a gully cracked open to spew the wrath of the heavens In form of eternal disconnection with God Most stories envelop in two parts with no destination from ours As a strenuous life in sin served a prelogue to the second chapter The protagonist lay in a manger in a wee town of Bethlehem; Born of a virgin mother and in Him, not the scintilla of guilt The verse was anticipated through times of old, when weak-willed spirits tormented the prophets … Continue reading THE CHRISTMAS CHAPTER by Onwana Chibueze Declan | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

HOW MY CHILDHOOD CHRISTMASES WENT… by Enyinda Nathaniel Okey | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  HOW MY CHILDHOOD CHRISTMASES WENT… In my home At the countryside Embedded within the creeks Later discovered they called us Niger Delta region. Papa would sew me a pair of shorts It was called D34 Multipurpose, this pair of shorts Served for school and for Christmas Extra care needed to protect it from harm.. Rice would be prepared That was Christmas rice for us Only time of year we saw and ate rice With stew that the aroma still scintillates within me…. Boys my age We could be four or more We would eat from one friend’s house to … Continue reading HOW MY CHILDHOOD CHRISTMASES WENT… by Enyinda Nathaniel Okey | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Champion for Christ by Tralone Lindiwe Khoza | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  Champion for Christ The glass is half full with my faith I am a descendant of Abraham I take what is mine and I push against adversity I stand in the gap for many lives So they can dive and not drown I sit in the front for hours In my weakness i will roar with victory And I ask the Counsellor to heal My broken heart Tomorrow I will stand the Chalkboard of life I will face constructive criticism I am a Comrade for Christ Not a cloned chameleon I don’t camouflage lies to fit in I am … Continue reading Champion for Christ by Tralone Lindiwe Khoza | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Lamb by Caroline Collins | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  Lamb I remember the splendor of the light we walked toward, past fountain and bandstand and empty swingsets in the old square downtown, where tall young people stood around the manger beside the quiet animals, the rough-hewn stable a meager shelter in the chill of winter: no ceremony or pomp from the kings, no fanfare or singing by the angels, only the simple glory of stars sifting the silence. A shepherd girl smiled, bending down—“Do you want to pet him? Here, take off your mitten,” and guided my hand to a softness nothing since has matched, which still makes … Continue reading Lamb by Caroline Collins | Poetry | Christmas Life Issue #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

Call For Submission: CHRISTMAS LIFE ISSUE #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  PAROUSIA Magazine is calling for submissions for it 10th Issue to be published by December 2019 during the Christmas Celebration. The theme of this forthcoming Issue is The Christmas Life Issue. John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. The Birth of Jesus is God becoming a man. This is a Glorious Birth that brings Eternal Life to Humanity. 15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, … Continue reading Call For Submission: CHRISTMAS LIFE ISSUE #10 | PAROUSIA Magazine

HELLO PRIDE by Mary Joy Orola | PAROUSIA Magazine

HELLO PRIDE, I learnt that if I argue a lot, even if I am right, Then I am baptized by you; I learnt that if I always want to explain myself, I am anointed by you; I was also told that if I don’t get along with people or feel I am not understood, you are the one sitting on my two shoulders; I learnt also that if I like proving things a lot, even if I back it up with bible verses or spiritual vibes, You are my inspiration; I also read it myself that your travelling companions and … Continue reading HELLO PRIDE by Mary Joy Orola | PAROUSIA Magazine

PAROUSIA Magazine Christmas Cascade Issue #9

I welcome you to the Christmas Cascade Issue which is the ninth Issue of PAROUSIA Magazine. Praise be to God, the father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us and made this year a success.  For this year, we had two issues published which is The Glorification Issue 8 and Christmas Cascade Issue 9. We kicked off Chapbook publications and published two outstanding Poetry Chapbooks from Rick Davis (USA) and Cecil Jones (Guyana) – this is a progress for us and we are so excited. I am grateful to God as I gladly say PAROUSIA Magazine is a … Continue reading PAROUSIA Magazine Christmas Cascade Issue #9

A VIRGIN AND HER CHILD by Nina Onuorah | Christmas Cascade Issue 9 | PAROUSIA Magazine

    A VIRGIN AND HER CHILD This had to be the most excruciating pain ever! She closed her eyes and gripped her fiance’s hand as the pain, starting from the small of her back, took over her entire body. This was worse than the time she fell from her bicycle at age eleven and fractured her ankle. She had thought she would never forget how that felt. Until this. This just made everything else pale, so pathetically, in comparison. The contraction passed and Mary felt her body relax. She loosened her grip on poor Joe’s hand and knew the … Continue reading A VIRGIN AND HER CHILD by Nina Onuorah | Christmas Cascade Issue 9 | PAROUSIA Magazine

A CHRISTMAS OF SPREAD FRAGRANCE by Adesina Ajala | Christmas Cascade Issue 9 | PAROUSIA Magazine

  A CHRISTMAS OF SPREAD FRAGRANCE “Odun n lo so pin o Baba mimo “, the song punctuated my sleep that chilly morning. I dragged the blanket reluctantly off my squeezed face, yawned and searched for the light switch on the wall close to my bed. I clicked it and stared helplessly at the hour and minutes hands of the clock. They pointed at 6. I wished it was not yet day break. Sleep can be very delicious when it is served in harmattan. I still watched the second hand ticked past 40 seconds. I forced myself out of the … Continue reading A CHRISTMAS OF SPREAD FRAGRANCE by Adesina Ajala | Christmas Cascade Issue 9 | PAROUSIA Magazine