“Christmas Message – I” by Darius M. Ratcliff

Christmas Greetings”, Vintage Postcard, Whitney Valentine Company

A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

A Christmas message true

I wish to send to you:

Not “Jingle Bells” nor toys,

Not Christmas feasts and joys,

Not Santa’s reindeer sled

When wee tots are abed:

But one of love alone: –

God wants us for His own.

Our Father God above

Created us for love.

No mortal tongue can name,

Nor can the angels frame,

The grandeur of the plan

That God has made for man.

The form of God to bear:

A child of God, and heir.

Our hearts to God to give,

As His on earth to live:

In righteousness sublime,

In hope transcending time,

In joy that overflows,

In faith that heaven knows:

Our God to love and praise,

To walk in heaven’s ways.

But Satan entered in,

Our hearts were lured to sin:

Our Father we forgot,

And chose a godless lot,

Our eyes were blinded quite

To God, and truth, and right:

Our feet have gone astray;

Each one, his chosen way.

In lowly manger birth

‘twas God who came to earth.

The Christmas story true,

The Gospel ever new,

Is love’s sublimest story,

Creation’s crowning glory:

Our God in bridegroom’s part

To win the sinner’s heart.

Image above retrieved from:
http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchdetail.cfm?trg=1&strucID=1065446&imageID=1585554&word=christmas%20christ&s=1&notword=&d=&c=&f=&k=0&lWord=&lField=&sScope=&sLevel=&sLabel=&sort=&total=22&num=0&imgs=20&pNum=&pos=1#_seemore

Source:
Image Title:  Christmas greeting. Additional Name(s): Whitney Valentine Co. — Publisher
Source: Holiday postcards / Christmas. Source Description: 704 postcards : col. ; 9 x 14 cm
Location: Mid-Manhattan Library / Picture Collection
Catalog Call Number: PC POC – Christmas. Digital ID: 1585554. Record ID: 1065446.
Digital Item Published: 7-24-2007; updated 5-15-2012

 

 

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