With Love, Laura Beth

Words from my heart

A Visit

The Christmas season is here, and I’m honored to share this poem with you. It was written by my father and appeared in the 1979 Living Values Christmas issue, The Blessings of Christmas. Good News Publishers printed it as a holiday tract on two separate occasions, and even though the poem is now out of print, its message of hope is still alive today.

Blessings to you this Christmas . . . Glory to God in the highest!

With Love, Laura Beth

Christmas Shepherds

A Visit From Heaven

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land
Every creature was stirring as Caesar had planned;

A census was taken in which every soul
In the Empire of Rome must be placed on the roll.

Up from Galilee, out of Nazareth came
A pair which was Joseph and Mary by name;

To their city of birth which is called Bethlehem
They came as descendants of King David’s stem.

There the days were accomplished that she should give birth
To a son who would reign as King o’er the earth.

She brought forth her firstborn, and with her own hands
She wrapped the sweet Child in soft swaddling bands;

In a manger so lowly this life did begin,
Since there was no room for them in the inn.

In the country the shepherds abode in the field,

Keeping watch o’er their flock as in silence they kneeled.

In the shadows of night, with their rods and their staves,
Having just settled down in the warmth of the caves,

When out of the sky there shone a great light
That filled the men’s heart with a terrible fright.

They sprang from the ground with a leap and a dash
To see what was causing this unearthly flash.

’Twas the glory of God shining down on the ground
With a halo of radiance on the sheep all around.

When, what to their questioning eyes should draw near,
But the angel of God with a message: “Don’t fear!

For behold! I bring you great tidings of joy,
For all men and women, for each girl and boy;

For to you is born a Savior this day,
In the city of David, as prophets did say.”

Then suddenly with the bright angel appeared
A heavenly host, praising God as they cheered:

“To God in the highest may glory abound,
On earth peace, and good will to men all around.”

Near at hand, far beyond, on the left, on the right,
The heavenly seraphs were poised in their flight.

Then as snowflakes before the fierce storm winds do fly,
Passing o’er the wide fields, soar up to the sky,

So up into heaven the angels they flew
Having given their message so wondrously new.

Then the shepherds declared with faces aglow,
“To the village of Bethlehem quickly let’s go,

And see this great thing which has come to pass,
Which the Lord in this night has made known unto us.”

There they found Joseph and Mary so mild,
And in the rough manger the dear little Child.

So when they had seen Him they made known abroad
The message as told by the angel of God.

The people they wondered at that which they heard
As told by the shepherds in angelic word.

But Mary who knew all these things from the start,
Kept pondering this great event in her heart.

The shepherds returned giving glory and praise
To the God of their fathers, the Ancient of Days:

“To God in the highest may glory abound,
On earth peace, and good will to men all around.”

Orlando Wiebe

A Visit from Heaven copyright © 2006 by Good News Publishers. Used by permission. For more information, visit www.goodnewstracts.org.   

Painting by Laura Beth – 1996


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