Friday, December 23, 2011

'Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand,
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said "It's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written in love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

(Author Unknown)


Denise said...

Beautiful, bless you.

Peggy said...

AMEN! What a beautiful Christmas Story!!! I think I like how this one ends better...

Thank you for your visit and I'm wishing you a blessed and very Merry Christmas too! His PRESENCE is the only GIFT I look forward to... I pray that this is your Christmas wish also, that His Presence fills your home with a fresh anointing, warmth of His love, and a continual outpouring of His gift in you, through you and to others as we build and encourage each other's faith! Thank you for encouraging mine!

Sitting down to a good book or two on Kindle (as long as my eyes last) just wish I had a warm, cozy fireplace... who would think being down in Mexico that I'd be asking for that... Feliz Navidad!
A blessed and merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Hello my sweet friend.. I trust that you and your family had a blessed christmas.. it has been beyond busy around here..and I finally get to sit down and get back intouch with my bloggin friends.. and I really miss you gals.. Well I just wanted to say I luv ya..and come by and visit when youget time.. ♥ god bless you always..

Just Be Real said...

Lovely Cherie. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Bernadine said...

Such a scary thought, that He'd come back and meet us not ready. Thanks for sharing, hope you and yours had a great Christmas.

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I am so blessed that you would take the time to share your thoughts with me! You encourage my faith and I pray that God will fill you to the full with His love, mercy,and grace! With joy, Cherie

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