The Christmas Guest
It happened on day at December's end. Two neighbors called on an old friend. They found his shop so meager and lean, made gay with a thousand boughs of green. Conrad was sitting with a face a-shine, as he suddenly stopped as he stitched a twine. And said "Old friends, at dawn today, when the cock was crowing the night away, the Lord appeared in a dream to me, and said " I am coming your guest to be".
So i've been busy with feet astir, strewing my shop with branches of fir. The table is spread and the kettle is shined, and over the rafters the holly is twined.
So now i'll wait for my Lord to appear and listen closley so I will hear his steps as he nears my humble place, i'll open the door and look on his face..."
So his friends went home and left Conrad alone, for this was the happiest day he had known. For long since his family had passed away and Conrad had spent a many sade Christmas Day.
As he listened with only joy in his heart and with every sound he would rise with a start. To look for the Lord to be at his door like the vision he had had a few hours before. And look for the Lord to be standing there, in an answer to his earnest prayer.
So he ran to the window after hearing a sound, but all he could see on the snow covered ground. Was a shaggy beggar with bruised cold feet, who's shues were torn, and all of his cloths were ragged and worn.
Conrad was touched and went to the door, and he said "You know your feet must be frozen and sore. I have some shues in my shop for you, and a coat that will keep you warmer, too".
With a greatfull heart the man went away, but as Conrad noticed the time of day. He wondered what made the Lord so late, and how much longer he's have to wait.
When he heard a knock he ran to the door, but it was only a stranger once more. A bent old lady with a shawl of black, and a bundle of kindling piled on her back. She asked for only a place to rest but that was reserved for Conrad's great guest. Her voice seem to plead, "Don't send me away, let me rest awhile on this Christmas Day".
So Conrad brewed her a steaming cup, and told her to sit at the table and sup. After she left he was filled with dismay, for he saw that the hours were passing away. And the Lord had not come as he said he would, and Conrad felt sure he had misunderstood. When out of the stillness he heard a cry, "Please help me and tell me where am I".
So again he opened his friendly door, and stood disappointed as twice before. It was only a child who had wondered away, and was lost from her family on Christmas Day. Again Conrad's heart was heavy and sad. But he knew he should make the little girl glad. So he called her in and wiped her tears, and quieted her childish fears.
Then he led her back to her home once more, and as he entered his own darkened door. He knew the Lord was not coming today. For the hours of Christmas had passed away. So he went to his room and knelt down to pray. And he said "Dear Lord, why did you delay? What hept you from coming to call on me? For I wanted so much your face to see..."
When soft in the silent a voice he heard, "Lift up your head, for I kept my word. Three times my shadow crossed your floor. Three times I came to your lonley door. For I was the beggar with bruised cold feet. I was the woman you gave something to eat. I was the child on the homless street. Three times I knocked, and three times I came in. Each time I found the warmth of a friend. Out of all of the gifts, love is the best. I was honored to be you're Christmas Guest!!
Love, Shannon xoxo
Many happy returns Shannon.I know this is a rough time for you and Tom but i hope you manage to have a lovely christmas .xx
Thank you Sharon. xx
Shannon I wish you a Very merry christmas and a happy new year
and to each and everyone of you here I would also extend my warmest and heart felt wishes for Christmas and New Year as well
Blessing's to you all
Love Dianna xxx
Merry Christmas to you too Shannon!
A Happy a safe Holiday Season to everyone here too!! And may the New Year bring Happiness, Good Health and many concerts of Michael for us to enjoy!! :)
Lovely - thanks so much for sharing with us - you have a wonderful Christmas, my dear - hope Santa is good to you!
Sylvia. Wee Scottish friend.
to all Bolton friends of this forum HAPPY NEW YEAR AND GOOD HEALTH, MANY CONCERTS OF M. B. FOR US TO ENJOY AS WELL!
TANTI AUGURI E BUONE FESTE
Silvy from Switzerland
Wishing you, all the great people in this forum, the best Holiday Season and a wonderful 2011 full of good things and Michael's music!!!
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all!!! So, who is going out New Years Eve? Any fun plans???
I will in in Orlando for New years ,looking forward to it now ,lol.xxx
To alllllllll of my dear friends,
I want to wish everyone a mary Xmas and a happy and healthy new year..Let there be lots of love in your loves and More Great Music from Michael....
Lots of love Jacqueline xxxxxxxxx/xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxo
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