Christ Is All the Wealth I Need

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him” (Philippians 3:8-9a).

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I will not slave for earthly fortunes,
I will not seek or worship fame;
Let all my strivings be for Heaven,
And all I do in Jesus’ Name.
May I not hoard this world’s bright treasures,
Nor waste my days in useless greed:
For greater things are waiting for me,
And Christ is all the wealth I need.

I will not live for earthly comforts,
I will not seek the things that fade;
Let all I wish be God’s own Presence,
The One by Whom all things are made.
May I not envy others’ fortunes,
Nor doubt I have a Friend indeed:
For God will fill my life with blessings,
And Christ is all the wealth I need.

When earthly days for me are ended,
When all I see will fade away,
And when Forever lies before me,
That timeless world of endless Day,
When all my treasures stored in Heaven
Are fully grown from planted seed,
I shall embrace the greatest Treasure,
My Christ, the only wealth I need!

The Night Before (The First) Christmas

“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12).

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’Twas a dark night in Judah, and all through the town
Just a few souls were stirring, most heads long laid down.
The lamps were put out and the windows were dark;
The fires had died down and showed scarcely a spark.
From inns, though all bursting with travelers and guests,
There came little sound but the snorings of rest.
And shepherds in the fields, watching over their sheep,
Had just settled themselves in the hope of some sleep,
When out of the blue there arose such a clatter
They sprang to their feet to see what was the matter.
They looked to the left, and they looked to the right,
Their eyes peeled and straining for moves in the night.
A strange sense of awe seemed to hang all around,
Though at first nothing stirred and no signs could be found.
Then what to their wondering eyes should appear
But a light from above stirring holiest fear,
With a great shining figure so bright and unflawed, 
They knew in a moment he must come from God.

More mighty than sea-winds his great voice then came,
And his words rang out clear as he spoke in God’s name:
“Fear not, I’ve a message of joy for the nation!
Your Savior is here as the Lord’s incarnation,
Now a baby in arms in a Bethlehem stall,
And bringing new freedom and peace to you all!”

As the sun’s bright dawn-rays that bring joy to the eye,
Came more angels, and more, till they filled the whole sky,
And bright as the morning, they sang as they flew,
“All the glory to God, and be peace on Earth too!”
And then, in a twinkling, the angels were gone,
But what they had said and the hope lingered on.
“Let’s go see!” and the shepherds were off with a bound,
And they searched through the town till the manger was found.

And there, swaddled in cloth from His head to His feet,
Lay the Baby the world had been waiting to greet.
Light shone in His eyes like the glory of Heaven,
As the greatest of Gifts that God ever had given.
The Child gleamed with grace, and His whole face was shining:
He lit up the straw as He lay there reclining. 
His smile was as pure as the new-fallen snow,
Showing peace as from Heaven with the joy in its glow.
His fingers, so tiny yet seeming so strong,
Seemed to speak of a life that could never do wrong.
He had a sweet face showing peace mixed with sorrow;
His tears, when He cried, shone like dreams of tomorrow.
He was gentle and soft, as a lamb fresh from birth,
And the shepherds all knelt and acknowledged His worth.

A wink of His eye and a twitch of His head
Soon stirred in them faith they had no more to dread.
He spoke not a word, yet it somehow was clear
He offered them peace and redemption from fear.
They stood for a while, basking long in His glow,
Then, giving a nod, they turned slowly to go.

They turned toward their fields, and returned to their duty,
Taking only their thoughts and that memory of beauty.
But to all whom they met, on that holiest night,
They exclaimed, “God has come, and has shown us His Light!”

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