Friday, December 22, 2006

"The Night Before Christmas"

[My friend and colleague, Glen VanderKloot has shared this in today's edition of his daily emailed inspirations, OnLine with Faith.]

The Night Before Christmas

T'was the night before Christmas
and all through the town,
Not a sign of baby Jesus
was anywhere to be found.

The people were all busy
with Christmas time chores,
Like decorating, and baking,
and shopping in stores.

No one sang "Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed."
Instead, they sang of Santa
dressed up in bright red.

Mama watched Martha Stewart,
Papa drank beer from a tap.
As hour upon hour
the presents they'd wrap.

When what from the TV
did they suddenly hear?
'Cept an ad that told
of a big sale at Sears.

So away to the mall
they all flew like a flash,
Buying things on credit
and others with cash!

And, as they made their way home
From their trip to the mall,
Did they think about Jesus?
Oh, no... not at all.

Their lives were so busy
with their Christmas time things,
No time to remember
Christ Jesus, the King.

There were presents to wrap,
and cookies to bake.
How could they stop and remember
Who died for their sake?

To pray to the Savior,
they had no time to stop.
Because they needed more time
to "Shop till they dropped!"

On Wal-mart! On K-mart!
On Target! On Penney's!
On Hallmark! On Zales!
A quick lunch at Denny's.

From the big stores downtown
to the stores at the mall,
They would dash away, dash away,
and visit them all!

And up on the roof,
there arose such a clatter
As grandpa hung icicle lights
up on his brand new step ladder.

He hung lights that would flash.
He hung lights that would twirl.
Yet, he never once prayed to Jesus,
Light of the World.

Christ's eyes ... how they twinkle!
Christ's Spirit ... how merry!
Christ's love ... how enormous!
All our burdens ... He'll carry!

So instead of being busy,
overworked, and uptight,
Let's put Christ back in
Christmas, and enjoy
Some good nights!

Rev. Jon Prain
Luke 2:11 CEV

This very day in King David's hometown a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord.


Lord, help me to make Jesus the center of my Christmas. Amen

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