Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

We sing lots of wonderful hymns around Christmas time, and I simply can't share all of them, but this is one that I don't remember ever having heard before this year and I really like it.

Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger;
There he lay, the Undefiled,
To the world a stranger.
Such a babe in such a place,
Can he be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race
Who have found His favor.

Angels sang about His birth,
Wise men sought and found Him;
Heaven's star shone brightly forth
Glory all around Him.
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight,
Heard the angels singing;
All the plains were lit that night,
All the hills were ringing.

Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger;
He is still the undefiled,
But no more a Stranger.
Son of God of humble birth,
Beautiful the story;
Praise His Name in all the earth,
Hail! the King of Glory!

"He is still the Undefiled, but no more a stranger" I love that!
He wasn't any less perfect when He came to earth, but was able to die for our sins because of being born as a baby on earth. We don't deserve the mercy and grace that God showed us by sending His son to earth, but he bore the punishment for our sins. And that's the reason to celebrate Christmas!
"Can he be the Savior? Ask the saved of all the race, who have found His favor."

Luke 2:1-14:
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David:

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And 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.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Merry Christmas! It's a lovely sunny day here, although no snow. :) I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas whatever the weather is where you are!


abigail said...

What is the name of the song? Do you know who wrote it? I like it too!

Natalie said...

It's called "Gentle Mary Laid Her Child"'s in our hymnal. It's written by Joseph Simpson Cook, and the tune is Tempus Adest Floridum, which is also the tune for "Good King Wenceslas".

I found an MP3 of it, mixed in with another Christmas hymn: Gentle Mary Laid Her Child