Away in a Manger
As Christmas approaches and my daily devotionals have moved toward thoughts of the birth of our Savior, I’ve been surprised by the number of people who’ve responded that Christmas (read “Christ Mass”) is not a Christian Holiday (read “Holy Day”). These rebuttals have caused me to turn my thoughts to how pervasive this thesis is, and also has caused me to pray. The Lord speaks to us in many ways, and I believe He has spoken to me through these various responses. Of course, I respond personally to each note, but somehow I feel that is not enough. In lieu of volumes of Scripture or text on Church history, I’ve decided to respond with a short verse, and the simple words to a Christmas song. Everyone will instantly recognize this song. I pray these simple words will turn each of our hearts toward the true meaning of Christmas–the Lord, Jesus Christ. May our thoughts and prayers be with Him all the year through.
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she [Mary] gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6
Away in a Manger
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head; The stars in the sky, Looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus, Asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the poor Baby wakes, But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes; I love Thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky, And stay by my cradle, Till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay, Close by me forever, and love me, I pray; Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, And take us to heaven, to live with Thee There.
PastorJimKilby @Kilbin8er Jim@JamesKilby.com