Sunday, December 21, 2014

Away...

As you know, if you have read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time, I'll be going out today. 

Being SONday, our Lord's Day... I'll be heading to worship with my church family, once again.  And, attend a Bible study class, before our worship service.

Of course, music is a great part of worship, with me.

Knowing that Christmas is only a few days away, I thought about using a Christmas carol for today's LwL entry.

The first one that came to mind that I thought about using, was Away In a Manger.  A hymnal that I have says that the source of this song (words/lyrics), is unknown.

One reason I like this hymn/carol is because it has played a strange part in my life. 

You see, as a child living in Detroit, Michigan, USA, I learned to sing it.  Then, after moving back to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, I had to learn to sing it, again.

The music was different.  Even though the words were the same.

One version of music was by William J. Kirkpatrick, while the other version was by James R. Murray.  Here are links to both versions (the lyrics are below), so you can listen to and/or sing along:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuF-D7eaars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnwO_0DrpCk.

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 bright sky 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 cradle 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 fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.


How wonderful these lyrics are!

How beautiful it is to read about Jesus' birth!

Thinking about Jesus' birth, reminded me about how even in the Old Testament, His birth was talked about, in Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

My Lord Jesus is near me.  I always ask Him to stay close by me forever, and love me.  And, He does.

I also pray that He will bless all the dear children in His tender care... and fit us for Heaven, to live with Thee there.

If you are not yet trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, please do so, today.  For if you do gain salvation, I will be happy to see you, in Heaven, at some point in the future.


Until next time...

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