The Streets of Bethlehem

by Katy Kauffman



 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight

With travelers and donkeys, tired and anxious.

They look for a warm place to stay.

Rooms fill up quickly as lamplight glows in windows.  

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight

As one couple seeks a place to sleep.

The girl is near her time, her betrothed knows it.

But they don’t walk here alone.

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight

With visitors unheard and unseen.

God’s guardians encompass the lone couple,

A wall of protection from evil’s sly forces.

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight

As an invisible power follows the world’s Hope.

Hatred and violence fills his evil soul,

and he waits for the holy Child to be born.

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight.

Glory and singing overwhelm the shepherds.

A Savior has come, Glory to God Most High!

Sandaled feet run to find Him.

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight

With the passing of time and the giving of gifts.

Wise men travel back to the East,

Contented that they met heaven’s King.

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight.

Horses’ hooves and Herod’s men enter every alley.

Cries are heard throughout the village.

Violence has revealed itself, the pain is great.

 

Bethlehem, your streets are empty tonight

Of the Hope that was born there.

God sent His Son into safety,

Destined to die a different night.

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight.

Pilgrims gather once again

To honor the Lord who came to us,

The One who was born so He may die for us.

 

Bethlehem, your streets are filled tonight.

The heart of every believer is transported there

As the Christmas story is read and cherished.   

 Hope lives on and He now resides in every believing heart.

 

© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman

 

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Comments (10)

  • anon

    Nicely done!

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you, Michelle! Merry Christmas!

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    This poem paints a beautiful picture of a holy Bethlehem night. 
     

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you for saying that, Jeannie. I've been reading Eva Marie Everson's book on Israel, and the part about Bethlehem made me feel like I was standing in the city.
     

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    What a lovely poem

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you so much, Jann! Hoping you are having a good Christmas season. 
     

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    Beautifully written. We just presented our Christmas play. Wish we could have read your poem there! Merry christmas!

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you so much, Katherine, for wanting to! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. 
     

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    Dearest Katy,
    You've so beautifully described the wonders of Bethlehem. . . the sandled feet that run to find Him.
    Oh, how lovely. Makes the wonder of Calvary all the more easy to ponder.
    Thank you!
     

    Dec 07, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you so much, Becky. It means a lot that you said that. And the "wonder of Calvary" indeed--God gave us His best to redeem us. 
    Merry Christmas!
     

    Dec 07, 2017

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