Tuesday, December 3
And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
“Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;
the stars in the heavens looked down where He lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
and stay by my side until 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 fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.”
“Away in a Manger” is a Christmas carol first written in the late nineteenth century and used broadly throughout the English-speaking world. This hymn centers around adoration of new-born baby Jesus as he lays in a manger. The lyrics call out for Jesus to "be near me" and "bless all the dear children." The author is unknown. (Godtube.com/Away in a Manger)
Away in a Manger Song:
Dear Heavenly Father,
The beautiful words from today’s Christmas Carol, open my heart and attention to Jesus’ humble entrance into the world. He was deserving of the finest linens and crib of gold, yet you declared humility by giving him room in a barn for his arrival. This Christmas season I want to stand in attention to welcome my Savior and only focus on expectations that are pleasing to your sight. Let us all embrace our Savior’s humble holiness and follow by His example. Lord, may your grace and mercy be upon us as you watch over and protect “all Your dear children”. Amen