Celebrate This Night

December 15, 2010

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the land,

Every creature was anticipating the celebration at hand.

 

The stockings are hung and the Christmas tree is trimmed,

And we all take a moment to slow down and find meaning within.

 

With all the hustle and bustle we often lose sight

Of the glory, majesty and wonder in this beautiful night.

 

With humility and love, He took on man’s form;

And all nature rejoiced when God was born.

 

He walked on this earth and talked of God’s love;

He spoke of God’s mercy and preformed signs from above.

 

Then the time came when He used more than words and signs;

The time came for Him to show God’s love to mankind.

 

He was sold by a friend for 30 pieces of silver,

And then beaten beyond all reasonable measure.

 

He was mocked, ridiculed, belittled and scorned,

And then they pressed on His head a crown of thorns.

 

His broken body struggled with the cross to Calvary,

Where they nailed Him to it and hoisted Him up for the whole world to see.

 

He hung on that tree in unimaginable pain,

And, when the time came, He gave up His spirit- the Lamb was slain.

 

The world shook and the veil in the temple tore,

For the covenant God made with Abraham was no more.

 

A new sacrifice was made; an unblemished lamb;

God’s blood had been poured out in a new covenant with man.

 

After three days, He walked on this earth again,

And showed us that perfect love conquers sin.

 

He showed us from the depths of His soul

What true love is and how to be whole.

 

The love that burns inside His Sacred Heart for man

Is greater than our minds can ever imagine.

 

So, we pause from the hustle and bustle we’ve created for this season,

And remember who we celebrate and His magnificent reason.

 

We dance in the love and joy He brought to this earth,

And rejoice in the glorious miracle of His birth.

 

By His stripes we are healed, by His death we are free;

All He asks from us is to love Him back for eternity.

 

So on this beautiful night, give Him the best present of all;

Give Him your heart and answer His call.

 Lori is a stay-at-home mom to her two boys and wife of a High School Band Director.  Originally from New Orleans, she was raised in the Southern Baptist Church and converted to the Catholic faith while in college.  When she has a rare free moment, she publishes her thoughts and musings at www.lorislifeandtimes.blogspot.com and is a columnist for www.catholicmom.com.

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