I do believe, in Santa Claus

Yes, there is a Santa ClauseJust a soft touch, of a gentle hand.
A moment in life, where time stands.
Believing in fairy tales, of magic moonbeams.
Dreams often come true, from legends so it seems.
A starry night unfolds, in silent glorious grace.
For now we wait, held in love’s embrace.
The hope endures despite, time’s slow pause.
Yes I do believe, in Santa Claus.
Even St. Nick will kneel, on bended knee.
A moment when time did split, so few did foresee

In a manger a newborn babe, comes from majesty.
For unto to each of us, comes God’s mercy.
To infuse a living hope, that will ever sing.
Out of time eternal, a king of Kings.

~Mark Schutter ©2014

Mister Snow Melter

Heat Miser 2014

My own unique poetry take on the song Heat Miser from the classic show ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus‘.  Heavily influenced by the wet rain and normally green Christmas’s in the Pacific Northwest.  We may not have snow most years but we still have a lot of fun.

Merry Christmas!


I’m Mister Snow Melter
I’m Mister Warm
I’m Mister Winter Swelter
I’m Mister Fifty-one
They call me Snow Melter,
The snow I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!

I never want to see a day
That’s less than 40 degrees
I’d rather have it fifty,
sixty, a comfy seventy degrees!
Oh, some like it cold or hot, but I like it
in between! Hee hee!

He’s Mister Green Christmas
He’s Mister Rain
Sing it!
He’s Mister Snow Melter
He’s Mister Fifty-one

They call me Snow Melter,
What ever I touch
Starts to melt in my clutch
I’m too much!
Too Much!

Dreams of Tomorrow

Hold memories close
Sunsets fade into sunrises
Facing east we dream

Winters in full bloom
Sparkling snow a crystal white
Frozen ice enchants

Recalling our pasts
Sunrises beget the sunsets
Dreams of tomorrow

~Mark Schutter ©2014

Photo of Mt Rainier in the distance at a winter sunrise.

Photo taken during a December sunrise with Mt Rainier in the distance.

Mercy Triumphs over Judgment

Judgement may seem necessary but it cannot correct or change the past.  However, the ability to show and give mercy will always lead to the creation of a better future.

1407290641819[1]Lately, as I watch the news, listen to the radio reports and read Facebook and Twitter posts my heart breaks with sadness.  There is so much evil in the world right now and it just seems to keep growing stronger. The hatred that is spewed on all sides, the monstrosities we commit against one another, where and when will it stop?

Murder, killings, riots, child abuse, rape, assault, theft, road rage, and even the simple lack of kindness for one another; the list is endless. I believe in justice for wrongs committed, but I also believe that this side of heaven sometimes justice does not prevail.  Sometimes there is no justice only mercy.  For justice will not ultimately change our circumstances only mercy, grace and love can do that. 

This holiday season may we slow down, even pausing for moments and extend that mercy to all we encounter.  Take the time to look someone in the eye and say ‘Merry Christmas’ and mean it.  The light will forever shine in the darkness and the darkness will not overcome it no matter how strong it becomes.  Each of us carries that light within us, we can and must allow that true light to shine and pierce into the darkness! ~M

#JustBelieve  #GraceWins  #HopeLives

Take Back the Night

Heading out into the dark night.
Damaged wings hinder our flight.
Answers we seek hide just out of sight.
Questions burn ever so bright.
Tomorrow may bring the mysteries to light.
For now we cling to hope so tight.
Letting go our wills to fight.
Do we surrender our strength and might?
Time comes to stand and fight.
Clench and unclench fists held tight.
Love shines into the dark a pure white light.
Forever from a spark so bright.
Never hidden, if we look, from out sight.
Unfurled wings and we take flight.
The lost can take back the night.
~Mark Schutter ©2014

Take Back the NightMay you find the light that ever shines unafraid in the dark, for yourself and others, then take back the night. You are more than you know. ~M #JustBelieve #GraceWins #HopeLives

Weather (a haiku)


Blessings and sorrows
Our lives change like the weather
Now and tomorrow

~Mark Schutter ©2014

This post is in response to this weeks prompt on The Reverie to write about the weather.  A thousand ideas have been swirling through my mind like a howling windstorm after reading the prompt and yet this little haiku is all that made any sense on paper. Hey,  sometimes you can over complicate these things so kept it simple! ~M