‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 10.12.24 AM‘Twas the night before Christmas,
When all through the house
A mother was pacing
Her heart filled with doubts.

The stockings hung empty,
Filled with despair
And she wished that St. Nicholas
Her burden could share.

The children were nestled
All snug in their beds
While innocence, hopes,
And dreams filled their heads.

As Mama gazed in
With the moonlight so pale
At those sweet little creatures
She felt she had failed.

For in spite of her efforts
Cash had been tight
And the space ‘neath the tree
Would be empty tonight.

She pondered the goodness
Of her boys and her girl
Did she deserve to be “Mom”
Without giving them the world?

She looked at the cupboards
Full as she could keep
And tried to be grateful
They had a warm place to sleep.

But try as she might–
Knowing things could be worse–
Her heart throbbed with sadness
Her soul filled with hurt.

Though she felt so alone
In her feelings of woe
Many of us relate
Though we don’t let it show.

In a world full of ‘shoulds’
Others’ lives seem complete
When you don’t measure up
When you try to compete.

When the world seems to say
You don’t have or you lack
When you feel like you can’t
Get the weight off your back.

In the eyes of your child
For each boy and each girl
There is no disappointment
For you are their world.

So amid all the hurt
Through the guilt and the grief
In the love of your child
You will find some relief.

Don’t buy into the hype
It isn’t the stuff
All they need is your love,
You are enough.

Keighty Brigman is terrible at crafting, throwing birthday parties, and making sure there isn’t food on her face. Allegedly, her four children manage to love her anyway.



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