The Announcement – A Christmas Poem


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From Luke 2:8–20 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

 

The Shepherds trembled helplessly

An Angel broke the night

Appearing in the cloudless sky

All robed in Heaven’s light

 

What can this be? They said in awe

As to the ground they fell

Fear not! The Angel said in haste

I’ve wondrous news to tell

 

For on this night in Bethlehem

Is born sweet Heaven’s Babe

‘Tis Christ the Lord, The Savior come

Lost people for to save

 

You’ll find Him in a manger near

All wrapped in swaddling clothes

In this, the fallen sin-cursed world

Our God, His Son bestows

 

And just as he had said these words

The Shepherds trembling still

An Angel host of myriads

Surrounded all the hill

 

And then the sound no man has heard

That only Heaven knows

This choir of Heavenly Messengers

Let Heaven’s music flow

 

“All glory to our God on high”

They sang with all their might

“And to the earth God’s Peace has come”

“The Child who’s Heaven’s Light”

 

And so they ran to Bethlehem

To see what they were told

And there they found the Baby

Who by prophets was foretold

 

In awe and joy returning

They went back to their sheep

But now, in glory praising

God who every promise keeps

 

And what can we but also do

On this new Christmas Eve?

But trust in all our God has said

Yes, trust Him, and Believe

 

Let all the skeptics raise their doubts

Let scoffers fling their scorn

To all who’ve seen His face by faith

We KNOW, The Son, was born

 

Tis not a myth or fairy tale

Tis not the stuff of lore

The  sum of all God’s promises

Tis Christ, The Life, the Door

 

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords

The Savior, God and Man

This Babe born in the manger there

This Jesus – Christ, The Lamb

 

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