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Suzy meets the Grumpy Ghost on Christmas Eve (Poem)

It was getting late and in her comfy bed our friend Suzy lay,
She snuggled up with her covers and began to pray.

For Christmas, she had a single request to our God above,
She wanted to share the meaning of Christmas love.

As quickly as her prayer ended, Suzy closed her eyes,
But what happened next was a most unexpected surprise.

Hark, a gleaming angel appeared at the foot of her small bed,
As a brilliant light shined, young Suzy lifted her head.

The angel spoke with a gentle but firm voice,
Assuring Suzy that her prayer request was an excellent choice.

The angel exclaimed that a grumpy ghost would soon appear,
But the Holy Ghost of God will be with you and there is nothing to fear.

As quickly as the angel had appeared, it disappeared into the night,
Yet inside her, Suzy’s heart experienced a Special Glowing Light.

Suddenly with a shrill and a shriek a grumpy ghost did appear,
As it approached Suzy, she could feel a staleness in the air.

The ghost wasted no time in speaking its mind,
Snarling at Suzy, hoping weakness it would find.

The ghost challenged Suzy about the true meaning of Christmas,
Drawing closer and closer so she would become restless.

The ghost was about to be met with its own Christmas surprise,
As the Light in Suzy’s heart began to arise.

Quickly a question came forth from the terror, “Dear girl, will you skip Christmas if I give you a toy?
Suzy replied, “It will only remind me of the gifts three wise men laid before a Special Baby Boy.”

“Silly girl, will it make you happy to open gifts placed beneath an artificial tree?”
Suzy responded, “It will only remind me of the gift the Baby Boy gave me when He died on a tree at Calvary.”

Yes, young girl, but you are on the naughty list and don’t even deserve clothes.”
Suzy simply replied, “It’s all about grace because after He died, that Baby Boy arose.”

The ghost realized that by little Suzy it had been beat.
It wanted to leave quickly so it wouldn’t have to wallow in its defeat.

A new child it would find and press with its horrid and grumpy cruelness,
Desperately wanting to ruin some young child’s Christmas.

What happened next shocked Suzy as much as it did the ghastly ghoul,
She leaped out of her soft bed and spoke more brilliantly than a polished jewel.

“Dear ghost, before you leave I’m going to help you have a Merry Christmas.”
“You can try to scare every children in the world, but why not enjoy the holiday with us?”

The ghost stopped and a true sadness did appear on its face,
Somewhere in time the ghost had forgotten its place.

“Dear ghost, you don’t have to terrorize us any longer…
“Sing and dance with us and your heart will grow stronger.”

After that, Suzy received a Christmas gift bigger than she could have ever dreamt.
Our ghastly intruder smiled as he wept.

He realized that in all things we get to make our own choice,
So why not join Suzy on Christmas and rejoice?

The next day the two celebrated Christmas together and shared a ghost story,
But this one was extra special, because it was about the Holy Ghost and His glory.

So Suzy got the gift she had prayed for, and our new ghost friend did too.
What is it you want for Christmas, and is it something that will bring out the best in you?

Questions for Thought

What does Christmas mean to you?

What can you give someone for Christmas that will make their day brighter?

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 49-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. Nice poem Joel! Well done!

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