Poet’s Corner: The Presence of Christmas

The Presence of Christmas

By Dave Thompson, Kenai

Giving to others just what they might need

Forgiving our brethren for unanswered deed

Caring and sharing , the joy of it all

The presence of Christmas, our promising call

Ribbons ‘n’ boxes ‘n’ wrappers ‘n’ bow

Contain not the gracious gift that we know

For Testaments told of a coming new King

God’s gift to man, so the angels did sing

That night, so holy, in Bethlehem lay

Lord Jesus, just born, asleep on the hay

A great star overhead cast beacons of light

To herald the King, what a glorious sight

Like no other person, his wisdom and thought

From him came the Gospel, God’s word that he taught

He gathered, he taught, he healed, and he fed

His fellowman by the ways that he led

From then till now, God’s word has been clear

As he gave us his son, a gift so sincere

Though his years were short, etched in granite His call

To forgive us our sins and give us life’s all

Twas his life of giving for us to believe

In his gift of eternal life we’ll receive

Our escape from bondage and death we’ll be snatched

By His perfect gift with no strings attached.

So Jesus, Lord Jesus our peace and our joy

You granted each day of our lives to employ

Our hope and our faith by your name do we call

For the presence of Christmas you gave to us all

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