Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"--Twas the Night Before Jesus Came--"

Hi Friends~

The following poem was written by Bethany Farms, and WOW!  It is powerful.  I found it in with our miscellaneous boxed cards from who knows when.  I hope that it will cause great thought, perhaps you will share it with another.

I would appreciate any healing prayers.  I am extremely fatigued, and every muscle and joint in my body is in severe pain.  I don't usually ask, but I would appreciate it.  Thank you in advance for helping.  While you are praying...will you please join me in praying for all of the Missionaries around the world. Some of them serve the Lord at the highest price or under terrible circumstances, some are jailed, and most do not make any money for themselves...they do it to serve the Lord.  They do it to share the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


It Was the Night Before Jesus Came

'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 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 thus 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!

May the joy and peace
of His presence
be with you until
He comes again!

~Bethany Farms

For those of you that know the Lord as your Savior, your Friend, your confidant, as the One who loves you more than anyone,  I wish you a very Blessed Christmas, we will be posting on Wednesday with this week's Card Set Winner, and on Friday with a very special post, and on Christmas Day we will announce the recipient of the "Merry Christmas Blog Candy!" 

For those of you who do not yet have that relationship with Jesus, I hope that the words of this poem will resonate with you, and give you a thirst to know Him.  And will soon decide to pray this poem with all of your heart:

"Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me for all my sins.  I open the door of my heart to you and receive you now as My Savior and Lord. Thank You.  Please give me eternal life.  I recognize that the blood shed on the cross was the full payment for my sins.  I acknowledge You as the Risen Savior and Son of God.  Please take control of the throne of my life.  Help me to follow You and obey Your Word.  Amen."

We are so grateful that all of you are here!  If you know the Lord, we hope you will find things in this blog to encourage you in your walk with the Lord and that you will encourage others...even strangers!  We love receiving encouragement and learning from you. 

 If you do not know the Lord, we are so thankful you are here.  Thank you for taking a look and considering what you read here.  It is our hope that you will celebrate a true Christmas this year, and pray that prayer above, or one of your own words, and celebrate the birth of our Savior who came to us as a vulnerable little baby for the first time in your life.  If you decide that you would like to ask Jesus the Christ, and you prayed a prayer to tell Him, let me know if you need a Bible and I will do my best to get one for you!  It is so important that every person has one.


Information on the 3 Ways to Win here at the He IS Able Blog!
(This is from the last post.)

Reminder of our Special Holiday Weekly Blog Candy!
We are giving away a set of cards to a person who leaves a comment...about anything before Tuesday at 8pm. The comment will be randomly chosen and announced on Wednesday! The number of cards you receive will range between 1 and 10...that number will be randomly chosen! This Give-Away will run through the month of December!  AND...

 Share About The He IS Able Blog!
And, if you share about our give-aways or post our He IS Able blog badge on your blog...and let us know--(please send a link)--we will send you a card/envelope for your use...as a thank you. (Please click and paste the badge...it is not a button...they will only see the URL if it is copied.) It is a simple way to serve the Lord. The more people learn about this blog, and come to visit and learn about The Prince of Peace aka The King of Kings aka The Mighty One, the more they learn about the grace and love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ and His amazing gift of Salvation. The more apt your readers are to pray and give their life to Him. Isn't that what we are really here for?  AND...

We are having a Very Large Blog Candy Give-Away on Christmas Day!
We have many wonderful items that will be given to one randomly chosen person. Here are the details...every time you leave a comment from December 10-24th, you will be entered in our drawing for our "Very Merry Christmas Day Blog Candy!"

We have some fabulous prizes this year: 
**An awesome Ash2Ash CD (Click on the words "Rise Up" and turn up your volume on your computer! Get ready to Praise the Lord! I love this song and the whole CD!)

**Rubber stamps: (1. "Jesus is the reason for the Season," 2.  Stampington Company-"Large Donner," 3. & $.  A Set of 4 acrylic Studio G stamps of friendship and thanks, 5.  A Hampton Art-Studio G-"Thinking of you in Prayer." and a 6.  stamp of a noise maker...one you may find at a birthday party, for instance!)
**A beautiful murano glass cross

**Silver Craft Cord

**A Christmas music CD

**One glazed Nativity Scene Ornament with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus

**Spool of Town & Country Ribbon- red with green hearts for all year use

**A Sizzix Impressions Embossing Folder.
**This list includes several new items!  Be sure to leave your comments to be eligible for the drawing to be announced on Christmas Day!
This is in addition to our Weekly Card Give-Aways! We are so blessed to have you stop by...it is our way of saying thank you for joining us, encouraging each other---including us, and "Sharing His love, His Word, and His Gift of Salvation through Cards!*" (* This is the blog's Mission Statement.)

Thank you so much for reading this long post!  I hope that poem really hits home...and that you will have the courage to share it with someone you love who may be waiting to hear it. Please pray that He will show you anyone that needs to hear about Him from you!  Please leave as many comments as you can before Midnight on Christmas Eve to be eligible for our "Merry Christmas Blog Candy Give-Away!"...East Coast Time here in the US.  You can enter as many times as you like. To be eligible for the Weekly Give-Away, please be sure to leave a post before Tuesday evening at 8pm!   Please be sure to leave your prayer requests in the comment section.  Joan and I will pray for each one.  May God bless each of you as you bless others!

He IS Able!
Traci Starkweather


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