'Twas the night before Christmas and, in Heaven above,
The angels were watching; with such intense love!
For, the Prize of all Heaven was coming to earth
And a manger was chosen as His place of birth.

Mary, his mother (so weary and worn),
Was glad Joseph found a place cozy and warm.
And now, as she labored, a new life began ...
Destined to bring life to each willing man.

And out on the hillsides, the angels sang, "Glory!"
Shepherds stood trembling, as they heard the story.
Quickly, they followed the angel's clear way
And found baby Jesus upon the clean hay.

Down from the heavens, there came a new light;
A star born anew, on that very night!
Softly, the mother sang sweet lullabies
'Til sweet baby Jesus closed His little eyes.

Humbly, the shepherds gave worship and praise;
Bowing down, softly, where God's baby lay.
They told how the angels had spoken to them,
"Joy to the world and peace to all men!"

The wise men were coming, they followed the star;
Bringing the Savior their gifts, from afar.
And up in God's Heaven, a great sigh was heard
As the Angels looked down on God's own Living Word.

They had to come closer ~ they loved Him so much!
Their wings swept by Him, for just one more touch;
Then, they nestled by legions, above His wee bed,
And spread out their wings; enclosing the shed.

Yes, trials would follow. A plan was engaged.
But just for tonight, the angels would say,
"Oh, men of earth, who struggle in vain ...
Seek here and find release from all shame.

Peace on the earth! Oh, learn it anew!
Peace! God has sent His own Son to you!"

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Verse written by
Joan Clifton Costner© 2006

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