Before we have finished wrapping the presents,
Baking the cookies and stuffing the pheasant,
Before we have finished decking the heights,
With shiny adornments and twinkling lights,
Before we have finished all of the chores,
Like cleaning the house and clearing out stores,
Before we have finished all that we do,
To make every Christmas special and new,
Let us look back to the Christmas of yore,
When a Baby King brought us new life and more.
Let us look back to the Shepherds in awe,
To the star and the angels, and all that they saw,
Let us look back to that first silent night,
When just for a moment, all seemed just right.
For peace was not present; oppression abounded.
Harshness encompassed and darkness surrounded.
But under the starlight lay the Babe in a manger,
A message of hope in the words of this Stranger.
Let us look back to the way that He walked,
To the works that He did and the words that He taught.
And so in the season as Christmas approaches,
Let us refrain from all that encroaches.
Let us take pause from the hassle and noise,
The trinkets and toys.
Let us look to find promised joy.
To look to the Savior and King,
To sing of His life, His love, His death and His rising.
Keep faith in dark days and steep in His peace.
Speak the glory of God to each person you meet.