God’s Great Gift to all – A Nativity Poem

I want to tell you the story
Of how God left heaven’s glory
He came to earth, became a man – 
It’s all part of his rescue plan

He came to save a world in pain
He came to bring us hope again
To show people both near and far 
Just how completely loved we are

Want to know more? Then Come with me
To Nazareth in Galilee 
Mary, though she doesn’t know it
Will receive a special visit

Here comes the Angel Gabriel
God’s messenger – why, can’t you tell.
He’s all in white with great big wings
Poor Mary jumps out of her skin!
“Mary, favoured one, God’s with you!
Do not be scared, I have some news!
You’re gonna have a baby boy
who’ll save the world and bring great joy!
You’ll call him Jesus – saving one,
He’ll be King of Kings, God’s own Son.”

Mary gasped, “Are you sure it’s me?
I’m just a girl, how can this be?”

“It’ll happen through the Holy Spirit
For God’s power knows no limit.

Mary replied, “Oh wow, ok! 
I am God’s servant, I’ll obey.”

Off Gabriel went, job well done –
he’d found the mother for God’s son.

Mary, meanwhile, she had to go
off to see her fiancé Joe.
What would he say, what would he do
when she told him her shocking news?
“Something’s happened, Joseph sweetie 
that will change our lives utterly
I’m having a child, God’s own son – 
his precious gift for everyone.”

“I don’t believe it, how’s this true?
Mary, How can I trust in you?
What you’ve said is impossible 
There’s no future for us at all.”

So, Joseph left, very upset
But fear not, it’s not over yet.

An angel came to him that night 
To help him get the story right.
“Joseph, Mary’s story is true
And more than ever she needs you.
So, take her home to be your wife
To love and cherish all your life.
The baby that she’s carrying
Means hope for all who are suff’ring
Give this child the name Jesus
He’s Immanuel, God with us.
It means you’ll never be alone
You’ll never face life on your own.
For God’s love will forever be
By your side for eternity.”

Joseph nodded, “God’s will be done
I’ll bring this boy up as my son.
With God’s strength I will play my part.
I’ll love this boy with all my heart.”

With that the angel went away
while Joseph vowed that he would stay
no matter what by Mary’s side
and they soon became groom and bride.

Nine months on Emperor Augustus
Decides to take a big census
across the empire every man
must go to the town of his clan 
He does it to raise some money
Joseph doesn’t find this funny

“For we have to go far away
To Bethlehem, around four days 
On foot or on a donkey’s back
by Roman road or narrow track.
And all the while the day draws near
Until our baby will appear.”

Will mum and baby be ok?
And will they find somewhere to stay?
A place fit for this baby king
Whose birth will such happiness bring?
Let’s go now and go with them
to the little town of Bethlehem 

“The town was busy, inns were full
There seemed to be no room at all
But we searched ‘til we were able
To find lodgings in a stable.
There he was born and wrapped in cloth
And placed in an animal trough.
Not ideal, but at least it’s warm
We’ll make sure he comes to no harm.”

Mary and Joe looked on with love 
At Jesus, the gift from above.
This child whose birth meant hope would dawn
For all in darkness, a new morn.

But who oh who would be the first
To hear of this amazing birth?

Shepherds watching their flocks by night
Were soon to get an awful fright
Out of the darkness shone a light 
Caused by an angel dazzling bright
The shepherds cried out, “Whoa, what’s that?”
Terrified, they threw themselves flat.

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid
I bring good news for you today
news of great joy for all people
In Bethlehem a King’s been born
A Saviour who is Christ the Lord
In whom all hope can be restored.
This baby has been born for you.
This is how you will know it’s true –
Go to Bethlehem where you’ll find
This child who in a manger lies
wrapped in cloths and humility
He’s there for you – go and you’ll see!”

A choir of angels filled the sky,
Singing, “Glory be to God on high.
Peace on earth goodwill to all men.”
The shepherds get up there and then

“Let’s go to Bethlehem right now
And see what we’ve been told about 
Can what they’ve said be really true – 
A king’s been born for me and you?”

They leave their flock and off they go
To see Jesus, Mary and Joe
“It’s all as the angel has said –
Our King lies there in the straw bed.
We’re filled with such wonder and joy
God’s love lives in this baby boy.”
Shepherds return shouting with glee
spread news of this nativity.

Meanwhile wise men come from afar
“All this way we followed the star
that heralds the birth of a King
We’ve come to worship, gifts to bring.
Gold, frankincense and precious myrrh –
Gifts fit for this, our rescuer.”

Jesus’ first guests may seem quite odd
But everyone matters to God 
Whether you’re rich or very poor
Whether you’re near or very far
Whether you’re big or very small.
Jesus is God’s great gift for all.

This story’s end is just the start
for this child can live in your heart.
Accept this gift at Christmas time
he’ll stay with you for all your life.

So, may you know wonder and joy
The great love of this baby boy.
And may you know deep in your heart
just how completely loved you are.

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