Memories Monday: “Holiday Hope”

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Merry Christmas Eve, y’all! Can you believe how quickly December has flown by? Me neither. If you could see me right now, you’d behold my shocked face. But you’d also behold someone who hasn’t rolled out of bed yet, which would probably give you your own shocked face. Anyway….

I’ve had such a fun time sharing these Memories Monday poems with you, and I’m sad it’s coming to an end. It’s been a journey through lots of good memories for me, as I remember what I was thinking/feeling while writing these poems. I hope they’ve given you a smile, too.

If you want to catch up on the previous poems, here they are:

Today’s poem comes from 2005 – my first Christmas as a teen. When we were younger, my sisters and I would produce a play called “Closing Christmas” the last week of each year. During the show, we’d serve the audience (our parents) dinner, act out the Christmas story, and sing carols. This poem was recited at one of our “Closing Christmas” plays, so it’s got some extra-special memories attached to it.

But before you read “Holiday Hope,” I want to wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas. Ever since mankind first sinned, God has been writing an elaborate love story through which He brings His people back to Himself. The birth of Jesus was a key moment in this story, but it’s still being written today as He gently calls us into a close relationship with Him. How awesome is it that we get to be a part of such a beautiful story? Let’s not take that for granted this Christmas. Let’s find little moments of time in which we can be still and thank God for His “indescribable gift” (2 Corinthians 9:15). God promised a Savior thousands of years ago, and He came so that we could live forever with Him. Let’s adore Him.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing
O, come, let us adore Him
O, come, let us adore Him
O, come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord!

Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year! I’ve had such a great time experiencing life alongside you on my blog in 2012. It’s been a great year, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for next year. See you in 2013!

In His love,

Anna

Holiday Hope

Anna Schaeffer, 2005

Through a night sky full of light,
that holy Christmas night,

while angels watched in glory,
God’s Son was born, so humble and lowly.

With a cry that pierced the dark,
the angels ‘round sand, “Hark!”

In a manger cold and dark,
God’s only Son was born.

The angels above proclaimed,
as they worshiped and praised God’s name,

“Glory to God! Glory!”
It was a night that changed all history.

Thirty-three years after that night,
that very same Son was crucified.
With the words, “It is finished,” Christ bled and died.

Why did He do it? There must be a reason!
But there is: Christ died for our transgressions!

They put Him in a tomb and closed the door,
but three days later, He was there no more!

Jesus had risen up from the grave;
Jesus who came to seek and to save!

Why did He die, only the Father knows why,
when all we ever do is cheat, steal, and lie.

No matter the reason, this Holiday season,
keep in mind as you open your presents:

God sent His Son, the best gift of all,
to save us from our sins,
in the light of His presence!

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