Christmas Eve at the ranch
December 24, 2006
Christmas Eve here on Elk River.
Stock is all a-doin’ fine.
Can hear the owl a hootin’
Atop the lonesome pine.
Snowed another foot last night.
Top fence wire just disappeared
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But the sun came out again today –
A relief, ‘cuz us boys feared
We’d lost track of our sled road
To that haystack up on the hill.
Already finished feedin’ that far one
Way over by the mill.
Just been out to turn the feed team loose.
I’d kept ’em in ’til they’d cooled down;
They was sweated up a bit
From the sled trip into town.
The kids from Church – they sure had fun
Singin’ carols on the sled.
Thought sure that we’d meet Santa ‘long the trail
‘Fore I got ’em home to bed.
But what we thought was Santa’s reindeer
Was just a bunch of elk
A eatin’ up the hay we’d gave
To that ol’ cow we milk.
Moon’s a shinin’ full tonight;
The frost sparkles in its glow.
Reminds me of the light that shone
This night, so long ago,
That lit the trail to Bethlehem
That all mankind might see
The way God planned for us to go –
Lit the way for even me.
Jus’ like our snowed-in sled road,
I know it’s there; tho-to-me-it’s sometimes sorta dim,
If I believe in One who made that trail an’ paid the price
That trail will lead me in.
Yes, we’ll make it through the Winter
‘Spite of all the snow and all our sin.
Faith in Our Trail Blazer’ll get us through
To God’s Eternal Spring.