Long years ago from true days that passed, through ancient history’s rime,

Came there happily to be a moment’s rest and perfect halt for a weary crippled realm.

Dark heralded skies broke forth in song as fearful shepherds shied and then sang along.

The time was right; I know not why Eternity pierced this particular night of silence

Brooking the music of a Baby’s cry to lighten the dance of poor earth’s passersby;

And birth a star to shine and bring wise men to kneel and give cause for a wicked King Herod

To will, to kill.

So few saw the bright light that shone forth the night that quickened the universe anew.

But expectant hearts beat quicker their course while gasping to see remedy breath through.

No more must the world grope round blindly, stumbling, for faith, hope, and love arrives finally

And shepherds and peasants and Kings are satisfied for real people came to worship Him there.

And all will bow and confess bye and bye.

If you have no sin, Christmas is wasted. If you have no need of forgiveness, Christmas is wasted. But you have the trials, tribulations, and weight of the whole world pressing down on your shoulders and you do not understand, but Jesus understands.

But you have neither bothered Him nor done Him wrong? Okay, the impossible suffering in Gethsemane, the crown of thorns beaten into His brow, the foul spittle heaped upon His lacerated face, the splinters of the cross piercing His naked body was all for nothing and Jesus and His Father were mistaken.

But you have issues. There are things in your life you simply cannot control. Yes, Jesus knows about that. [Well then, counselor, there is no hope for me.] Ah, but yes there is hope. Great hope. And Christmas is never wasted. But one must close their eyes to the illusions of refractory bulbs and open them to the Truth of the manger of Bethlehem.

And so confess, because indeed you, as all others, are laden with sin. [1st John 1: 8-9.] Repent, [Matthew 4:15-17] ask, receive, and believe, [Matthew 7:7-8] [John 17:3]. “For if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” [Romans 10:9]

No hope? Is that what you believe? Don’t you feel the shepherds tremble with glory? Don’t you hear the angels sing? Don’t you see the subject of their thrilled quivering and their songs - the newborn lying in the feed trough - in the animal stable in Bethlehem of Palestine? [Luke c. 2]

Well, Merry Christmas. We are all much like each other. And no one can say we have not been gifted this Christmas day. “As many who received Him to them gave He the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” [John 1; 12] You know and if you don’t know you must know John 3:16 and then the more, much more which is written.

Gladly so will all know what some have heard, that Christmas gifts in paper may last for a while

And offer proper joy that proffers real smiles, but incomparably so to the gift of the Christ Child.

Merry Christmas!