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Good Tidings of Great Joy

by Julie Carro

Over two thousand years ago, in a country from afar,
Shepherds watched their flock, under a myriad of stars.
A velvet sky of blackness, sparkled with twinkling lights,
Shadowing them in solitude, on a tranquil, quiet night.

They talked about their day, sharing burdens, news, and cares,
As hushed voices, like a whisper, faded in the distant air.
The silhouette of sheep, grazing peacefully on the hills,
Meant all was as expected, the same routine, UNTIL...

Brightness pierced the night, as they fell to the ground,
Silenced by the grandeur, their hearts began to pound!
And, lo, the angel of the Lord, was present there before them,
As the glory of the Lord, shone brilliantly around him.

Fear not, the angel said, for I bring good tidings of great joy!
For unto you is born a Savior, which is Christ, an infant boy.
Ye shall find this precious babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes,
And lying in a manger...before the world even knows.

Suddenly!

A heavenly host appeared, rejoicing in this glorious day!
Lifting up their voices, a magnificent celestial display!
Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good will on earth!
A symphony of perfect praise, celebrating the Saviour's birth!

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away,
The shepherds said, Let us go see, this Child born today.
They came with haste before them, the parents and the child,
As He was lying in the manger, so pure, and sweet, and mild.

They must have filled with wonder, looking on His perfect face,
This infant in a manger, who had come to take their place!
They must have cried with joy, as they touched His little hand,
The God of all creation, Jesus Christ, the Son of Man.

They gave glory, praise, and honor, for all they saw and heard!
Making known abroad the saying, of the angel's mighty words...
Fear not, the angel said, for I bring good tidings of great joy!!
For unto you is born a Savior, which is Christ, the King of Glory!!!

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