Share the Christmas story with the young and young-at-heart by sharing chapters of the Bible presented in poetic words.
Alvy Ford, a long-departed saint, created a beautiful work in which he summarized every chapter of the Bible in verse. Read his bio below. He’s now in Heaven, but his dedicated work and inspired words live on in his book, “The Bible in Verse.”
The Christmas Story in Verse
By Alvy E. Ford
People in darkness have seen a great light,
Greatly dispelling their gloom and their night.
Now is a son unto Israel born;
Government good, on his shoulders is born.
Book of the lineage of Jesus the Christ,
Reaching from Abraham through Joseph’s wife.
Mary, the virgin, brings forth her first son;
Jesus, they name Him; salvation’s begun.
Wise men come seeking, with gifts in their hand.
Joseph and Mary are sent from the land.
Herod, in rage, has the children all killed.
Joseph returns, and the Word is fulfilled.
Mary, at Bethlehem, brings forth a Son,
Lays in a manger; redemption’s begun.
Jesus, conceived by the blest Holy Ghost.
Shepherds are told by the Heavenly Host.
The Alvy Ford Story
Alvy Ford was born in 1918 and attended a one-room schoolhouse in his youth. He entered the US Army at the age of 26, and served on the island of Okinawa during World War II. But sadly, in 1945, an accidental explosion of a hand grenade blinded him in both eyes, and his life changed immediately and drastically. He was discharged and began attending Bible school as a blind student.
To aid in remembering the text of the book of Daniel, Ford summed up each chapter of the book in four simple lines of rhyming verse. He found it extremely helpful and, therefore, embarked on doing the same for every chapter in the Bible. In less than five months, “The Bible in Verse” was completed. It was published in 1955.
Alvy E. Ford — The Blind Poet
I cannot see that of which others tell:
The beauties of this earth on which we dwell;
The jeweled perfection of the starry sky;
Great sights that please and tantalize the eye.
But there are precious jewels which are not seen:
Things everlasting, wholesome, pure, and clean.
Such gems are found within God’s Holy Book,
Wherein a man, though blind, may freely look.
And I have looked within that Book, and found
A source of perfect peace, a footing sound.
I’ve found, portrayed therein, a gracious Friend,
Whose tender loving care will never end.
So now I see His hand upon my life,
Directing all my way, through peace or strife;
And though my way is dark, I’m not alone;
With Christ, I am content while walking home.
The Season of Advent (the 4 weeks before Christmas)
What is Advent?
HOPE Advent Candle 1 – Prophecy Gives Hope (video)
LOVE Advent Candle 2 – Promise Reveals Love (video)
JOY Advent Candle 3 – Jesus Is Our Joy (video)
PEACE Advent Candle 4 – Pause to Find Peace (video)
Christmas Day: When Love Was Born — Light the CHRIST Candle
What is the Prophetic Symbolism of Advent Candles?
How Do We “Take” Advent and Find Rest?
Download a Daily Devotional for Advent
Christmas-themed GOT QUESTIONS?
- What are the Events of Jesus’ Birth? A Simple Timeline and Chronology
- Misconceptions about the Journey to Bethlehem (video)
- What do Zelophehad’s Daughters have to do with Christmas?
- Errors in the Nativity Story? Is Jesus’ birthplace wrong?
- Who were the Three Wise Men? Fact or legend?
- How Did the Wise Men Know to Follow His Star?
- Did The Wise Men Arrive 12 Days After Jesus’ Birth? Or Was It Much Later?
- What is the significance of the Three Kings' gifts?
- Was Jesus born in a stable, a cave, or a house?
- Should we celebrate Jesus’ birthday in September?
- Was Jesus born in September (not December?)
- Does “Xmas” Cross Jesus Out of Christmas?
- What is the Prophetic Symbolism of Advent Candles?
- The Most Important Lesson for YOU in the Nativity Story?
- Was Mary a Levite, making Jesus both King and Priest?
- Should Christians Celebrate Christmas?
- How did Jesus become a man?
- Do You Get These 7 Things Right or Wrong About the Nativity Story?
- Are You Stuck in the Middle This Christmas? (short video lessons from the popular comedy TV show "The Middle.")
- What are the Prophecies of Christmas? (video)
- Where are the genealogies of Jesus in Mark and John?
- Why Are There Two Different Genealogies for Jesus?
- Should I Say “Happy Holidays” Instead of “Merry Christmas?
- Scripture Cookies – Fun for the Whole Family!
- A Boastful Christmas Letter
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- Promise Ignites Hope
- Preparation Produces Hope
- Prophesy Reveals Hope
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- Will you find rest, peace, and joy this advent season?
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- The Christmas Story in Poetic Verse, by Alvy E. Ford (1918-2005)
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- The Most Beautiful O Holy Night O Night Divine, when Christ was Born
- A Baby Changes Everything, by Faith Hill
- Mary, Did You Know?
- While You Were Sleeping — A Wake Up Call for America
- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, performed by Casting Crowns
- Mary’s Child — from the movie, A Christmas Wish
- The True Meaning of Christmas: The Sacrifice Began (How Many Kings)
- What If You Had Been There When Jesus Was Born? (video)
- Pause to Find Hope. Receive the Promises of God. See Jesus. Hear God’s Plan.
- Christmas Trivia Fun
- Songs of Christmas Series: Away in a Manger; Mary, Did You Know? The Rose of Bethlehem; Good Christian Men Rejoice; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; I Wonder As I Wander; What Child Is This? The First Noel; In the Bleak Midwinter (a golden oldie)
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