Don’t Miss the Wonder
A spoken word poem for your Christmas service that encourages us to have a childlike faith and wonder during the Advent season.
Approximate Length: 2 minutes
Purchase includes: Script
This excerpt is provided to give you a snapshot of the piece. This is approximately half of it.
“My friend, the weary and worn out one:
Whoever said it’s the most wonderful time of year,
hasn’t seen your to-do list.
I know, I’m there too:
Every time I wrap another gift,
I feel like I should be outside singing carols,
looking for the Christmas wonder I lost
in a Wal-Mart aisle on Black Friday.
The carol, “Hark the Herald Angels sing”
doesn’t have the same cheer
when dishes fill the sink
and you fear–you forgot something.
I see you search for it too–
in piles of boxes on the floor
wrapping paper and bags of bows.
Tell me, where is the wonder
in this mess you call “Merry”?
When you look for what’s missing
and find wonder was there all along,
in the wild of your life–
only a child sees.
Christmas wonder is something you’ve long forgotten
like a song you once knew,
like a pair of jeans that used to fit.
You lost it long ago
in the hustle and bustle
of this thing we call “growing up.”
But those who can be like a child,
They see what others don’t:
the wonder of small things.
There is still time
to be like a child,
the wonder seekers,
the miracle believers,
who know this Jesus is
infant small, God of all
There, in a child’s palm—
Don’t miss the gift
not under the tree.
but on it.
If only we could see:
wonder begins through small things
when miracles break in
and make us sing.”