‘Twas the morning of Christmas, when Love came to earth,
By way of a tiny and humble child’s birth;
His parents had traveled so far from their home,
For the census decreed by Augustus, in Rome.
Arriving in Bethlehem, with no place to stay,
The new baby slept in a manger of hay;
With cattle and donkeys and sheep at his side,
This animal stable was home, for a time.
Angels announced the birth on that night,
To seekers and shepherds and sinners alike;
“All glory to God!” the heavenly host chimed,
“And peace on the earth to all of mankind.”
Beneath a bright star, the news was proclaimed,
Of God come to earth in the form of this babe;
A child who would grow and remake us anew,
And cover the sins of me and of you.
On the morning of Christmas, the Prince of Peace came,
To reconcile souls with their Maker, again;
God with us, Emmanuel, forever to dwell,
On the morning of Christmas, and all year as well!
May the true light of Christmas be born in you this day!