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- TITLE: 'Twas the Night before Advent
By Loni Bowden-Horn
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candles were lit in celebration of Jesus’ birth.
A hush filled the chapel as the story was told,
the message of hope was about to unfold.
On a blustery evening in Bethlehem town,
a weary couple did seek a place to lie down.
The innkeeper did stew about what should be done,
there was no room to be had, not a single one.
A shortage of beds, a census being taken,
left the pair out in the cold, feeling forsaken.
Joseph did hasten with a babe on the way,
a manger with animals is where they should stay.
Joseph glanced down at Mary so meek and mild,
ever so gently cradling her precious child.
There in His mom’s arms, where the baby lay sleeping,
Mary and Joseph couldn’t contain their joyful weeping.
Glory! Hallelujah! A savior has been born,
we celebrate Jesus’ birth on this Christmas morn.
God sent the angels, His messengers of love,
chanting a medley of choruses from above.
Go to the earth where my chosen people live,
and spread the good news that My son came to give.
Joy will He bring throughout the entire land,
salvation for lost souls will be close at hand.
Come, shepherds! Come, wise men!
Come, kings! Come, all!
Come, sinners! Come, brokenhearted!
Come, forsaken! and poor!
To the front of the altar!
Get down on your knees!
Fall down! Fall down!
Fall down and worship the king!
Shepherds gazed toward heaven at the glorious light,
as they tended their flocks in the darkness of night.
An angel assured them they had nothing to fear,
The birth of the savior meant tidings of good cheer.
As wise men came from the East to follow His star,
the brilliance of the celestial ray shown from afar.
To find the "King of the Jews" is our earnest quest,
we’ll ask Herod the Great of Judea the rest
King Herod simmered like a pot ready to boil,
and went along with the plan, he wished to foil.
“Return the same way so I may also come,
and worship the King, if he is really the one.”
The wise men followed the star to where the baby lay,
and knelt down to worship Him on that wondrous day.
They brought with them gifts of frankincense, myrrh, and gold,
homage to the Christ-child as the prophets foretold.
Flaming candles burn brightly all around the earth,
awakening our hearts and minds of Messiah’s birth.
Endless mercy and eternal life Jesus brings,
Such is the undying love of the risen king.
The second coming is like a simmering stew,
tasting the sweetness of life to begin anew.
Allowing the flavors of a soul to mingle,
with the blood of the lamb can make a heart tingle.
Waiting for the ingredients to be ready,
takes lots of patience and a hand that is steady.
When the love get poured in, then the hatred will cease,
stir a change in our hearts, a rich broth made of peace.
Exhortations of the angels throughout the land,
“Glory to God most high, peace and goodwill towards man”
www.'Twas the Night Before Christmas (or A Visit from St. Nicholas) by Clement Clarke Moore
www.The Three Kings a Christmas poem by Longfellow Henry Wadsworth
www.Holy Bible ESV (Matthew 2 and Luke 2)
www.'Twas the Night Before Christmas varations
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