So long ago, before my birth,
My Father offered me
A plan: I’d come down here to earth
And choose what I would be—
An honest child? a loving child?
A person who would take
The pathway of true goodness
And righteous choices make?
Then Jesus Christ stood forth and said
He’d help all—you and me.
He’d live a perfect life, and then
He’d give it willingly.
This wondrous gift I chose to take.
With shouts of joy, I said
I’d love my God and choose the right
And follow where He led.

[illustration] Illustrated by Mark W. Robison

[illustration] Savior painting by Jon McNaughton