Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Creatures are Stirring in this House!

I am so excited! I have some more presents to wrap and the grocery shopping to do tomorrow and then everyone starts arriving tomorrow night and Thursday! The best part of all the celebrating is being with family. I am so grateful.

Cupcake came home last weekend (she had to go back to work a few more days) and she scurried around cleaning out closets and such. So funny to me... I wasn't even considering that and she quipped, "you're just out of control with saving things." Ha- she sounds like my mom. And like I do with my mom, I said "have at it, I'll provide the bags for trash and one for Goodwill." It took more than one, trust me.

I doubt if I'll make it back here before Christmas, so just want to share this favorite poem...

'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 had waited too long and this sealed my fate.
I stood and I 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!

1993 Bethany Farms, Carrollton, IL
Merry Christmas to All! Love you much.


The Mom said...

I continue to be amazed how much we are alike. My whole family is convinced that I have zero organizational skills when it comes to my house. If only they could have seen me in my other job...oh yeah, I forgot that my desk was always a mess...but I was a highly organized machine of a college counselor..well sorta...I do like deadlines, though, and lived with a lot of them. However, as usual, I digress...are you surprised?! I love the poem...did you write it or where did you find it? And I miss you and hope that year after next we can gather together for a second BBB reunion! Blessings and love to you, dear one!

Zuzana said...

What a cute picture, love it. I also love the picture of your family on the sidebar.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year dear friend,

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Merry, merry, MERRY CHRISTMAS, Beverly. Have a wonderful time with your family.

FancyHorse said...

I read that poem a couple of years ago. It is very meaningful.

Love your Santa pic -- adorable!

I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Karen said...

Your daughter is a cutie pie!! I had never read this version of Night Before Christmas. Thanks for sharing this and have a wonderful New Year!

sara said...

I don't have an organized bone in my body!!! But I do that the shoving and stacking bone!! :)

Merry Christmas!! And Happy New Year to you and your family!