16 December 2009

Worship for Wednesday

I know that "Away in a Manger" may not be the most accurate Christmas song. After all, I'm sure the line "but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes" is not entirely true! Babies cry and the infant Jesus most likely cried as well to express his hunger or discomfort. Nevertheless, it is a sweet, peaceful song and I love it. I remember singing it as a child...it was likely one of the first Christmas songs I learned! When my grandfather passed away seven years ago just days before Christmas, we sang this song at his funeral. "And take us to Heaven to live with Thee there..." Wow, what a great picture! That was the first of many Christmases in Heaven with Jesus for my grandpa. This year, my grandma joined him and they are both experiencing the eternal joy of being with the Lord. I look forward to the day when I and the rest of Christ's Church can join them, and I'm excited that that day is drawing ever closer! Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head

The stars in the bright 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 side,
'Til 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

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