I walked along the quiet street alone, the snow was drifting down,
The stores were closed & shuttered in this peaceful little town,
The Christmas rush was ending, for ’twas Christmas Eve, you see,
Still I walked in search of “peace on earth,” & inner peace in me.
“What is Christmas really all about?” I spoke aloud in prayer,
“Lord, show me the true meaning so I’ll have a gift to share.”
I walked on, & in the distance came the glow of a soft light,
It was streaming from a window, giving guidance in the night.
From this tiny little church house I could hear the children sing
Of the “Dear little Lord Jesus, unto You our gifts we bring.”
As I paused & turned toward the door, hoping not to make a sound,
My eyes were drawn to a lovely sight before me on the ground.
I stooped to lift the red, red rose from it’s bed of pure white snow,
Then quietly opened the church house door & entered the soft, warm glow.
The children told of the birth of Christ,
the manger scene was there,
Then a gray-haired saint stood to his feet
with a word he had to share.
He spoke of a cross, & a crown of thorns,
& the scarlet blood that flowed,
He told of lives washed white as snow,
& I looked at my perfect rose!
Then I heard a still, small voice within,
“Child, you asked the true meaning & why,
Oh, I loved you so much that I purchased your life,
you see, I was born to die!”
I stood there in awe as the choir rose to sing,
“Silent Night, peace on earth, love & joy.”
Now forever I’ll share my most precious gift;
Prince of Peace, Savior, Lord, Baby Boy!
Alice Ervin lives in West Carrollton, Ohio with her husb&, Dan. She thanks her Lord for being so faithful, & for the comfort & hope He gives as she deals with the daily struggles from her illnesses, fibromyalgia, & arthritis of the spine. Alice is a HopeKeepers group facilitator at her church.