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'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 with 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 stood and I cried

as they rose out of sight;

Oh, if I only 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!'



May the joy and peace

Of His presence

Be with you until

He comes again.


Author Unknown



May This Holiday Season

Be Remembered

For Its Real Reason.     



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