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.

Illustrated by Mark W. Robison

Savior painting by Jon McNaughton