Tíwas the Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through HeavenĎs house,
All the angels were stirring, the Saviors birth to announce!
The Heavenly Hostís were getting ready to sing,
In the hope that their anthem would let True Freedom ring.
The shepherds were keeping their sheep late that night,
While the Provision from Heaven hung just out of sight.
Mary was weary from traveling all day,
While Joseph was searching for a place they could stay.
A decree from Caesar made travel a must,
Maryís feet were now cold, tired, and covered with dust.
Yet, in her heart she quietly remembered,
That the Angel of the Lord said, She was highly favored!
All Joseph could find was a room in a barn,
But at least for the night Maryís feet would be warm.
The time of her delivery would be here soon,
As the light of the day, gave way to the moon.
The Son of the Highest he shall be called,
A Horn of Salvation given for all.
He will sit on the throne of his father David,
And one day all men will sing his praises.
The Mighty God and Everlasting Father,
Whose Government alone will rest on his shoulder.
A Wonderful Counselor, and the Prince of Peace,
Whose Government over time will only increase.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon him;
He is anointed to heal all who are broken.
He will set at liberty them that are bruised,
Mistreated and jailed, and by power, abused.
The promised Messiah from a time long ago,
Was now ready to be given to the world down below.
The promise of His Kingdom reigning on Earth,
To govern our hearts, and to show men their worth.
The shepherds were resting; the sheep were silent that night,
When the Angel appeared, and caused them great fright.
Fear not, said the Angel, I bring tidings of great joy,
Which will be for all people, so all may rejoice!
Your Savior has been born in the City of David,
Which is Christ the Lord, who has come to save us.
He will make the dark places lighted within,
Take away all guilt and do away with all sin.
Peace on Earth! The Angel said, All is well with mankind!
For the Father has sent his Gift right on time.
The Gift of forgiveness for all to enjoy,
His salvation and blessings for you to employ.
Youíll find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
His name will be Jesus, and he is Godís love exposed.
Then the Angel was joined by the Heavenly Hosts,
Giving glory to God in the Highest, as together they rose.
The shepherds heard them exclaim as they rose out of sight,
Godís forgiveness to all, and to all, a very good night!
By Elizabeth McAndrew
Merry Christmas 2010
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