Tuesday, December 18, 2007

'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
What 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 had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and 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~

I Thessalonians 5:2 "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."

6 comments:

Jimena said...

Thank you for sharing the poem, and for having us ask ourselves if we have been too busy... I think I have been very busy, and maybe even too busy on some days... it is good to remember where our focus and what our priority should be today and everyday.

big hug :)

Sis. Julie said...

sis. jimena....Big hugs to you too!! I received your Christmas card and postcard today in the mail. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!

Love you TONS!!

Mimi said...

Thanks Julie,
this poem is a wonderful reminder to us to slow down and focus on the reason for this busy season...
Blessings to you dear Julie
Mimi

PamelaK said...

Thank you from me too, Julie! This has been an especially "busy" day for me and I am so thankful I took the time to sit down for a few minutes to see what devotional you might have posted! I needed this reminder!

Sis. Julie said...

sis. mimi....blessings to you too Sister!!

Sis. Julie said...

pamelak...Praise the Lord!!

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