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Friday, December 15, 2017

Luke 2:7 (Pt. 5)  Thought/Prayer:  “Away in a Manger”.  Topics:  2 at end.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”  (AKJV)  Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com.)

Perhaps this song from the late 19th century, in public domain, devoted entirely to the Baby Jesus in a manger, captures the spirit of His birth like no other.  He is the focus in the song, only Him (plus there is an unseen person of comment).  It is entirely dedicated to His appearance on Earth.  Although there were angel appearances at His birth, and shepherds running to find the Him, in this song, it is just:  Jesus.

Away in a Manger

1. Away in a manger, no crib for His 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 in the hay.

2. 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 the cradle till morning is nigh.

3. 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.

It contains a narrative.  There was no crib for Jesus . . . no room available in the night.  The lyricist depicts animals in the stable, or cave, where He lay.  There may have been; we don’t know for certain.

Baby Jesus wakes up but is peaceful.  We may think of Him with that halo around His head, as shown in many artistic renditions.  The unnamed person talks to Jesus.  Let’s depict that person as a child.  The child asks Jesus to “look down from the sky,” perhaps putting an eternal aspect to the Baby’s birth.

Then the child asks the Lord Jesus to be with him or her forever, close by.  The child asks for Jesus’ love . . . . greatly!  Then, in genuine kindness, blessings for all children are requested, as well as, eventually, the hope of the home of Heaven with Him. 

This sweet song is usually sung with tender tones, and the images are easy to see in our minds.  And the lyrics speak to the worth of a baby.  Certainly there is only one Baby Jesus.  But God made human babies for a certain purpose, and this one most-special-above-all Baby is the epitome of human life . . . as well as God with us.

Lord, we thank You for this Baby and His mission on Earth to introduce us to God and His salvation for all who believe.  May all the babies in the womb this day be loved as much as Jesus was by His parents and family.  May these babies live.

Topics:  Praise God for Jesus and the way He was brought into the world to accentuate the worth of human children.
King for America (Dr. Alveda King)

Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/15 at 09:53 AM
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