With profound apologies to the millions of fans of the poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore, I offer this modified version that has a different and more biblical focus. Moreover, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and may the LORD richly bless you in the New Year.
‘Twas the day before Christmas and all around the nation,
People were breathlessly waiting in anticipation,
Hoping that they had finished all the preparations,
To make Christmas day a true day of celebration.
To make it a time of real joy and great cheer,
Remembering the day that our Jesus came here,
So the soul’s salvation would become clear,
And the sinner would not have to live in fear.
Recalling the time a virgin gave birth,
And the Son of God appeared on earth,
And angels sang with glorious mirth,
Heralding our Savior of greatest worth.
Jesus who would die for all,
So that we could answer heaven’s call,
And be freed from the sin and its thrall,
And live with Jesus, the best gift of all.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:8-11 [ESV]
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