Finding Jesus

Discussion in 'Religious Discussions' started by Juker, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Juker

    Juker New Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Land of Lincoln
    Dear TFF Friends:

    Quite a few years ago, our pastor asked me to come up with a reading for the Christmas Eve candlelight service. Other folks were reading various assigned Scripture, and I started looking for something appropriate. I made various notes and points and eventually decided to write an original poem. After the service some well-meaning friends sent it to some Christian magazines who contacted me about publishing it. "Sure," I told them, "if you give your magazine away for free." Christ gave His life for ours, and never charged a penny for His message of salvation; and I believe there's a special punishment awaiting anyone who seeks financial gain in His name.

    It was never published.

    If any of you would like to use or share this poem, feel free to do so, with my blessing. If anyone ever publishes it for money or takes credit for writing it, well, you'll have to answer to God someday for that one. I hope only that it would somehow help open someone's eyes to the truth.

    If asked, you can just say it was written by another wretched hellbound sinner saved by the grace of God.

    "Finding Jesus"

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land
    Families were preparing celebrations quite grand.
    The stores and the lines, packed with shoppers so harried
    Laden with more boxes than they could carry.
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
    In hopes that a fat man in red would appear.
    I drive through the city and on frozen ground
    Inflatable Frostys and Rudolphs abound.
    The words 'happy holidays' headline the news
    To appease those offended by the King of the Jews.

    But where is Jesus?

    Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
    God’s only begotten Son lay His head.
    No paparazzi were there to record
    The incredible birth of our Heavenly Lord.
    No cameras were present, no crowds milled about
    But a heavenly host lit the night with a shout!
    His humble beginning would signal a life
    Of sacrifice, service, of struggle and strife ...

    And there was Jesus.

    He came here for us, not for personal gain
    So that we too could share in His eternal reign.
    He came here to tell us just how we should live;
    How to serve others, and how we should give.
    If we’d just believe in the truth that He stated
    We’d be freed from our bonds, and know why we’re created.
    Before He could even speak, our names He knew.
    He came here for each of us - for me and for you.
    Old Testament prophecies all were fulfilled
    By His singular birth and the blood that He spilled.

    No space could be found at the Bethlehem inn ~
    But an old, rugged cross was reserved just for Him ...

    And there was Jesus.

    We must never forget that He is the reason
    We have cause to celebrate this holy season.
    So on Christmas morning, as unwrapping begins
    Let’s all pause and give thanks for the day’s origins.
    When you find yourself swamped in the holiday throng
    And you’re wondering where in Christmas you belong
    Just be still and listen to His soft, gentle voice
    He’s there ~ in your heart ~ helping make the right choice.
    His Spirit will show you ways to love your neighbor
    And strengthen your soul through your toils and your labor.
    When you follow His teachings and do unto others
    And learn ways to love all your sisters and brothers
    And believe in Him wholly for the things He has done
    That the babe born that night is our God’s one true Son ~

    There you'll find Jesus.
  2. dad2thebone

    dad2thebone New Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    So nice, well done. thanks for posting it so that all here could share .

  3. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Juker, thank you for posting that.
    On Christmas, we have a special service -
    I read the Christmas story from Luke, then turn the service over to the congregation. Each one brings a song, poem, musical piece, etc. to share. One year, a couple did a skit which was GREAT.

    This year, following the Christmas story, I am going to read this poem of yours.
    I will credit you as the author, and like every other service I have conducted for the last 25 years or so, there will be NO collection taken up.

    May God bless you -
  4. Juker

    Juker New Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Land of Lincoln
    Well Terry, I'm mightily humbled. Thank you. Especially since we have shared our views here before on money and on the idolatry of cheering for so many worldly things, when it is Christ alone who is worthy of our adoration.
  5. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    DAV, Deep in the Pineywoods of E. Texas!
    Thank you Juker! I will pass it on!
  6. Caneman

    Caneman Active Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    thank you Juker, that is awesome... Jesus is the gift
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