12.18.2013

Broken Hymn


Night was stealing the scene from daylight when mom and I were walking down the old market sidewalk one late afternoon. There was still so much commotion here and there despite the fall of darkness, but they all seemed invisible with me immersed in my own thoughts.

My reverie was interrupted by the voices of children singing Christmas carols in front of one open business stall; they grew with more clarity as mom and I approached. Christmas is in the air, I told myself, my thoughts still floating as if I was walking half-asleep.

There is something in the melody of Christmas songs that puts me in a melancholic mood. These days the skies have been gloomy at daytime seemingly reflecting the brokenness of this world; they probably must have sensed my brokenness, too. And I wonder year after year why loneliness fills my atmosphere everytime the 25th of December draws near.

But isn’t that what He came here for? To make the broken whole, the wounded healed, and the lonely joyful? Somehow it’s all starting to make sense to me.

The children’s voices gradually faded as mom and I slowly walked away, until all that’s left of them was a memory.




23 comments:

  1. ...i think December isnt my month...i get melancholia too ...but ...it was ever so
    This is the time where I write write a lot ...only this year I have been busy till now but ...it will be quiet soon i.e next week

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  2. This is beautifully written..I hope God's blessings will always be with you

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  3. i feel like i'm reading little chapters in a book. you write beautifully. i get clear pictures in my head as i read. xx

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  4. I really hate Christmas in my home

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  5. Christmas can be so wonderful but it can be so emotional too... I love the way you write, you always draw emotions from me... thank you :)

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  6. Beautifully written.. I felt as if I was there with you, losing myself in the Christmas-y ambiance of the night.

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  7. This post reminds me of the days when I went caroling with my brothers and cousins. I miss those! Too bad I can't do them here in Singapore.

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  8. True. The season belongs to those who believe and to those who look forward to dream again. Reconnect with life. Its as beautiful as little ones singing carols on a cold winter night.

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  9. A festive season always brings joy though sometimes it might reminds us of the sadness we see around us. Nice post, Irene. :)

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  10. i love your reflection on Christmas. :) have a blast this season.

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  11. You know what Irene, I dislike the festival season for the same reasons that most people like them. Too much ruckus, too many formalities and sour greetings on the platter, relatives popping by and me having to rush with a tray of snacks and tea, answering the phone calls yada yada. It's work work and more work at my house during festivities. Since that's pretty much the story each year, I have come to really detest it. But I am sure that I would enjoy them better if we could spend them together, right? :D

    Merry Christmas Irene and I pray that one of these days your life turn into festivities that will last longer than a day or a week. (✿◠‿◠)

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    1. And I forgot to mention that I am glad that you are back on blogger because wordpress doesn't let me get updates anymore without opening an account first. :(

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  12. Merry Christmas! And thank you so much for your last comment xx

    http://thepersephonecomplex.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. nice post dear, hope the best for you :D

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  14. Merry Christmas, may there be peace and happiness to you and your loved ones :)

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  15. Merry Christmas, dear Irene, your words and lines are always so tender!
    -Portia

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  16. Merry Christmas to you Irene, your writting is always so beautiful :)

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  17. Just dropping by to quickly wish you and your family a Merry Christmas sis! <3

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  18. i can imagine how the scene feels like when you hear the Christmas songs in a lonesome night. your writing is again very touchy & reminds me a lot of things. anyhow, Merry Christmas to you!

    x
    sartob

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  19. Winter makes me lazy, and it's a perfect season to read your posts ... they are full of beautiful imagery ... Have a great new year my friend :-)

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  20. amazing pictures. would you like to follow each other on GFC, G+ and Bloglovin? if you do, just follow me and let me know on my blog. I'll follow you right back! :)

    love, M

    my-dailybasis.blogspot.com

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  21. Lovely post. I hope you have a blessed Christmas & New Year. :)

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