I live in the grip of a story that caught and fired my imagination sixty years ago.
The story stirs me so because it draws me into a thought world where all things are possible...It’s the world of a story where everything that happens is connected with Jesus Christ and where everyone is important to him.
Not for nothing do we sing that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Its festivity and anticipation bring out the child within us. Better yet, Advent and the Christmas season can inspire the best in us—our creativity and a capacity to care about others that draws us closer to them and God.
I began writing Christmas haiku (a Japanese-style verse in 15 words) on our greeting cards many years ago. When longer verses came to mind, I used them instead of greeting cards. “Bird Carols” grew out of this practice. The verses of my title poem suggest the praises that seven biblical birds might sing in honor of Jesus Christ, the focus of this book. The accompanying short stories each include one bird in a vignette set before, during, or after the first Christmas Eve.
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