For Christmas, I thought I’d share some prose from my dad, Ronald G. Robinson and a poem from my grandfather, Walter Harlow Robinson, who passed away when I was 2. I would have loved to have known Grandpa, but I know him through his poetry and his journals he left behind and I know one day I’ll see him again.
First, a status update my dad left on his Facebook today, Christmas Eve:
Contemplating Christmas this a.m. As Christmas approaches there are many things yet undone and I spend, maybe waste time thinking on the happenings in our country as Christmas approaches. Will ignoring such make it go away? Then there are friends facing serious sicknesses and going to funerals and the list goes on and on in uncertain times. Will not thinking about them make them go away? Were we better off before social media and did not know about so much? Well, I don’t know exactly but, I pray as we contemplate Christmas that the One who is the same yesterday, today and forever, the One who calmed the raging storm of fear on the sea of Galilee will calm the storms in our lives as we contemplate Christmas. May Good memories, hope and joy live still in your hearts this Christmas.
And from my Grandfather, an untitled poem he wrote for Christmas in 1967:
As the passing year comes to a close
A Sacred Holiday everyone knows.
Peace on earth, goodwill to men
Came with the Star of Bethlehem.
Shepherds came to a glorious light
A song was born – O Holy Night.
No room at the Inn, no crib for a bed
No place for Jesus to lay his head.
One man arose, willing and able
To Joseph and Mary he gave his stable.
It always remains through the years,
A comfort to man’s dispelling fears.
For all who are grown or yet a tot.
Remember ye well – forget it not
Night of nights each passing year
Recalls the Savior, he is always near
A place eternal for us to go,
Started on Christmas and we all should know
That whoever we are, whatever our ranks,
To Christ our Lord we must Give our Thanks.
W.H.R. Christmas 1967