How swiftly the years fly!
So many Twenty Fourths gone by–
So we remember back in time,
Listen and smile by firelight
As little footsteps scurry past…
The children never sleep this night.
Outside the snow has fallen deep,
The stars are bright, the wind is harsh
Yet hands are warm to clasp and hold
Here there is no room for cold.
Fast forward time to some years past;
And watch our baby grandson play
Then pause a while and look again
There are three toddlers round the tree!
Some gentle shadows whisper names
They are gone, but love remains.
Our family grows and we grow old,
Life’s a river that carries all;
But our room is warm, the stars are bright
And we still hold hands by the fire light.
And soon a new tomorrow comes,
With talk and laughter, fun and food
All that is wanted, all that is good,
All that is needed by the heart.