Christmas Day


Father, give us Christ.
Star Igniter,
Crack our darkness.
Send the rain to heal our deadness.
Only you make dry bones rise,
Dim the blinding lights that hide
Our fear, until we’re still enough
To feel the thaw of icy hearts.
In stable and by starlight
Overthrow our every expectation.
Our world inverts
Your kingdom comes.

Jen Rose Yokel is a poet, freelance writer, and spiritual director. Her words have appeared at She Reads Truth, CCM Magazine, and other publications, and she released her first poetry collection Ruins & Kingdoms in 2015. Originally from Central Florida, she now makes her home in Fall River, Massachusetts with her husband Chris, where you can find her enjoying used bookstores and good coffee.


  1. Rhonni


    Jen, would it be possible to read your poem at a Christmas service at my local church?  I don’t want to break any copyright laws and would be sure to give you credit.  Thank you.

  2. Miriam

    Hi Jen,

    I love the set of Advent poems that you wrote. Thank you for sharing them. I was wondering if my church could use them in our services during the Advent season and our Christmas Day service? We would be sure to credit you as the author. Thanks!

  3. Miriam

    This is late, but I wanted to thank you for letting us use your poetry! Our December sermon series is about Christmas carols and your poems have aligned beautifully with the carols that we’re focusing on. Thank you again for your generosity in sharing them.

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