'Twas the night before Christmas in the
Not a dissenter whispered; not even his
The plywood was nailed o'er the fireplace
No demonic "Santa" would dare show up there!
The children were cowering in fear in their
Wondering if Dad heard a voice in his head.
"Christmas is pagan!" he'd ranted and raved
"How can you kiss Baal and expect to get
"But it's Jesus' birthday tomorrow!" one
"No, it's not!" his dad thundered, his face
"It's vile Saturnalia! Now get up to your
And pray God will spare you hell's fiery
His wife tucked them in, then came back
And timidly said, "I'm not sure this is
"Fair schmair!" he yelled back. "You can't
argue with facts!"
And he stomped off to study his old Jack
As he read about Baphomet old Babylon
And the Great Whore of Rome and its demonic
When what, his deaf ears could no longer
But a quiet, gentle tapping out at the front
He saw through the peephole long hair and
Annoyed and impatient, he heaved a great
"A beggar!" he groused. "Can't these bums
just get jobs?"
He shut off the alarm and twisted the knob.
The stranger's eyes twinkled with humor
The moonlight glowed soft on his head from
The Pharisee sneered, and I think I should
He'd've known who it was if he'd just paid
"Look, I gave at the office!" the Pharisee
"So don't look for a handout!" The stranger
"You have nothing for me," said the stranger,
But you see, I came here to give something
"You give something to me?" said the Pharisee.
"Right! Lemme guess: You can bless me this
With a chance to give generously, hmm? Well,
Said the stranger with sorrow, "My friend,
you don't get it."
"It's not about money at all, said the stranger,
"My gift is to warn you your soul is in
I offer you peace, hope and joy - free!
Try it! If you knew the Father, you'd know
you can't buy it."
"If I knew the Father?" the Pharisee yelled,
till The stranger's head rang like the Liberty
"God himself is my Father!" the Pharisee
The stranger's eyes rolled. He'd heard that
"Who do you," said the Pharisee, "think
you are? Eh?
To malign my good standing with God in this
The stranger replied to this challenge as
"Does 'I stand at the door and I knock'
ring a bell?"
The Pharisee said, "Oh, you want to come
And after you dared to accuse me of sin?
Not if you were the last of the whole human
And so saying, he banged the door shut in
Then the stranger exclaimed as he went down
"I'll always be listening if you want to
I'll return soon, my friend: I'll come,
ready or not;
And if you're not prepared, things are gonna
~ Author unknown ~
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