Do you like to read your own work? Some pieces seem to be specially given by God, and they affect me greatly.
This is one I like to re-read at Christmas-time as I imagine the scene in the stable in Bethlehem.
At the very end is the verse I didn't include as part of the poem---it made it too long, but I want to include it here so readers can seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ, and respond to His gracious invitation to new life in Him.
B e t h l e h e m S o n g
Bright stars looked down on Bethlehem town;
on a manger filled with hay
Where the cattle fed; donkey bowed its head
at the closing of the day.
But the warm, steamy silence was broken that night
by the cries of a new-born boy;
And the oxen and donkey beheld a new sight
that would herald the birth of joy!
For want of a room, strangers entered the gloom,
in the shadowy stable to rest.
The Babe would not wait, tho' the hour was late;
soon they welcomed a tiny new Guest.
The stars in the sky shown brighter that night,
as though calling the world from sleep;
But the world heard them not,
save a few frightened men,
who were sitting up late with their sheep.
The donkey's mane shook as he had his first look
at the Baby laid down in his table.
Try as he might, he could not that night
recall such strange things in his stable!
No, the world never saw such an evening before,
though God's people had read in His book;
And the donkey himself drifted softly to sleep,
dozing off after wondering look.
The ox slowly chewed, enjoying his food,
as he took in the marvelous scene.
The young man he saw kneeling down on the straw,
moving gently, as though in a dream.
And the mother -- the mother was beaming with joy!
Oh, her face was aglow with delight!
The weary old ox felt suddenly young
as he watched in the stable that night.
The world slept on, awaiting the dawn,
nor hearing the cry in the night.
In darkness; in gloom; moving on toward the tomb --
Drifters, shielding their eyes from the Light.
But the song of the stars in the Bethlehem sky
will be heard by faith's listening ear;
And the sound of redemption rings on through the earth,
offered freely to all who will hear!
© 2015 Connie M. Faust
"I am come that they might have life,
and have it to the full!" (John 10:10)
Friend, you can hear with listening ear,
and heart that responds to His voice.
Years have gone by since baby's first cry,
Still, in Jesus your soul can rejoice.
And the sound of that evening --
the joyful sound --
tells of faith that will save you by grace;
The Saviour will give you the peace that you seek
as you walk in the light of His face!
"Yet to all who received Him,
to those who believed in His name,
he gave the right to become children of God --
children born not of natural descent,
nor of human decision or a husband's will,
but born of God." (John 1:12 NIV)
Book of Romans ABCs
A-- Acknowledge your need of a Savior - Romans 3:23
B-- Believe Jesus paid the price for your sin on the cross -
Romans 5:6, 7, & 8
C-- Confess Him as your own by accepting His gift
of eternal life - Romans 6:23 - Romans 10: 9 to 13
This good news is God's gift to you. I will be praying that you will be so drawn to Him this Christmas that you will finally invite Him to be your own Savior and Lord. You will cherish His gift for the rest of your earthly life, as you find that He will become the best Friend anyone could ever have.
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