‘Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house

Not a person was praying, not a child or a spouse.

Their Bibles were laid on the shelf without care

Not believing (or knowing) that Jesus soon could be there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,

Not once even kneeling or bowing their head.

Mom in her rocker, with knitting in her lap.

Was watching T. V. while dad took a nap.

When outside of their house was heard so much chatter,

The dad got to his feet to see what was the matter.

There at the window as he leaned on the sill

A thought came upon him that made his heart chill.

What to his listening ears should he hear

But neighbors proclaiming, “Folks are missing around here.”

There was no need to tell him or for him to hear someone say,

He knew in a moment this had been THE DAY!

The fact Jesus had come made him cover his head.

Jesus had returned, just like He had said.

And thought he possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,

He cried, for he had missed Jesus, in spite of himself.

He fell to his knees, but it was too late;

He waited too long and thus sealed his own fate.

Knowing Jesus and His believers were gone far out of sight,

He cried sadly, “Oh, if we had only been ready tonight!”

From the words of this story the fact is quite clear;

The coming of Jesus could be drawing quite near.

We are given just one life, which, in Jesus to trust

For eternal salvation.  This is a must.

Will you leave earth in joy or left behind, will you grieve?

The answer lies fully in if you believe!

Believe in the Lord Jesus and give Him your all,

Before unto you comes, that day of His final call!

– Author unknown
(edited D. Applegate)

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