All across the Amish community, children have been practicing for their Christmas programs.
The following is from one such program. The children came out and lined up. They held large cards where the audience couldn’t read them.
Together they recited:
Bees can sting, oh, this is true,
But bees can make good honey, too,
And that’s the kind we have for you.
Then each child in turn stepped forward, held up their card and recited a verse about his or her “bee…” It went something like this…
Be REVERENT in spirit low, at the manger lowly;
And catch anew the vision fair of the Christ Child holy.
Be GENEROUS, give all you can, then give a little more;
Be sure to give more largely now than you ever gave before.
Be THOUGHTFUL of the people who are lonely, old, or sad;
Be thoughtful of the children, too, and help to make them glad.
Be READY quickly to respond to Christmastime appeals;
Be quick to give to friends afar or for the needy’s meals.
Be UNSELFISH — all self-seeking with abandon cast aside;
Be unselfish — that’s the keynote of the happy Christmastide.
Be HOPEFUL for the best in life, for hope has wondrous worth;
It was to bring hope unto men that Christ came down to earth.
Be APPRECIATIVE for great riches of Christ and of His love,
And of all the blessings from our Father up above.
Oh, may these “bees” with you abide,
All sweeten well your Christmastide.
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