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AND PRAY THAT WE, TOO, CAN FIND PEACE IN OUR HEARTS

I Have Had My First Christmas in Heaven

Written by Dr. Albert Simpson Reitz

    I have had my first Christmas in Heaven:
    A glorious and wonderful Day!
    I stood with the saints of the ages,
    Who found Christ, the Life, the Truth, and the Way.

    I sang with the Heavenly choir:
    Just think! I who longed so to sing
    And oh, what celestial music
    We brought to our Saviour & King!

    We sang the glad songs of redemption,
    How Jesus to Bethlehem came,
    And how they had called His Name "Jesus,"
    That all might be saved through His Name.

    We sang once again with the angels,
    The song that they sang that Blest Morn,
    When shepherds first heard the glad story
    That Jesus, the Saviour, was born.

    Oh, how I wish you had been there:
    No Christmas on earth could compare
    With all of the rapture and glory
    We witnessed in Heaven so fair.

    You know how I always loved Christmas:
    It seemed such a wonderful day,
    With all of my loved ones around me:
    The children so happy and gay.

    Yes, now I can see why I have always loved Christmas:
    And oh! What a joy it will be
    When you and my loved ones are with me,
    To share in the glories I see.

    So, Dear Ones on earth, here is my greeting:
    'Look up till the day dawn appears,
    And oh, what a Christmas awaits us
    Beyond all of our partings and tears.'

    This poem was read by Dr. BO Baker of Plymouth Park Baptist Church in Irving at the memorial service for Mr. Lorenzo M. Johns, Sr. He went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 3, 1982.

    We hope that the sentiments of this poem will bring you both comfort & hope this year. Submitted by Rose Eileen & Lorenzo M. Johns, Jr.

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