Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Manger Heist

by Charlotte Foster
It’s Christmas time. What does that mean?
Time to party, dance and sing?

When hollow gifts are wrapped up tight,
And manger scenes kept out of sight.

As atheist now run the day,
And try to change the words we say.

“Merry Christmas” blotted out,
While “Happy Holidays” they shout.

All signs of Christ are tucked away,
As Santa Claus comes out to play.

And malls begin to overflow,
Church attendance starts to slow.

People look for other things,
Replacing joy that Jesus brings.

Complaining every time they see,
Reminders of His infancy.

They want the party not the child,
His special day they have defiled.

Exchanged the gift – perfect and holy,
For worldly gifts of pagan folly.

Any other god can reign,
But from the Christ we must refrain.

And here’s the reason, simple yet true,
From the very first Christmas, it’s nothing new.

There’s one who is called the father of lies,
And though defeated, he still tries.

To turn our eyes away from Christ,
And so began the manger heist.

To keep our lips from saying His name,
He tries to steal the Savior’s fame.

Close our ears from hearing His voice,
Telling us He’s not the only choice.

Jesus said - I Am the only way,
But people don’t like to hear that today.

They want to choose the path they take,
Even when it ends in a fiery lake.

The world still wants to party and sing,
But never bow to a holy King.

So shop they will and hang their lights,
And toast to the season ‘most every night.

Removing Christ from mangers and art,
But cannot remove Him from a follower’s heart.

“Happy Holidays” will never bring,
The joy in which the angels still sing.

I’ll join their chorus without fear,
And wish you “Merry Christmas!”
loud and clear.


  1. Charlotte that is so wonderful! I am going to read that to all our family at Christmas this year! this poem says it all! I am joining you~!

  2. I love it! I am going to share it with my family and friends as well!

    May you and yours have a VERY BLESSED MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

  3. Amen! Wonderful poem, Charlotte! Thank you for sharing it with us. Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Christmas season with your family and friends...Sandi

  4. Wonderful poem and filled with so much truth. Thanks for sharing!
    God bless and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  5. Beautiful poem and oh so true. Makes me examine myself. How have I turned it away from the message?

  6. beautiful poem...and true true true. Merry Christmas Charlotte.

  7. Love the poem. Couldn't agree more. Have a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart and the top of my voice!

  8. Amen, Charlotte. This poem says it very well. Satan never gives up but he will not win. Thank you for sharing this reminder.
    I hope you had a blessed Merry Christmas.


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