The evening meal was ready

And the family joined in prayer,

But as they watched the sun go down,

A brightness lingered there.

The streets soon filled with people

Who were frightened by the light;

Yet in this home the family stayed

And listened on that night

While Father told the story

Of the prophet Samuel

Who had foretold the Savior’s birth

And then went on to tell

About the tiny Christ child

And the gifts He would receive

While angels sang not far away

That blessed Christmas Eve.