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Away in a Manger
“While they were there (Bethlehem), the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn”. Luke 2:6.7
Away in a manger, no crib for a 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.
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 take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.
This came as a surprise to me, Away in a Manger was NOT written by Martin Luther. It seems that James R. Murray caused confusion came when, for some unknown reason, published the song in a popular children's songbook as Luther's Cradle Hymn (Composed by Martin Luther for his children and still sung by German mothers to their little ones.) The public believed the story and passed it on, so the myth continues today. In honesty, the song is virtually unknown in Germany and bears no resemblance to Luther's musical style. To uncover the truth, the words came from a poem found inside a Lutheran Sunday school book published in 1885. Where? Not Germany, but Philadelphia, PA! The author of this popular children’s song, loved by adults as well, is technically anonymous. We appreciate the detective work of researchers of the US Library of Congress in uncovering this information.
I love Christmas Carols, they bring back happy memories from childhood through whoever you are today. For the rest of the week, I will be using some background info and the words of some of my favorites; Joy to the World, Silent Night, and O Little Town of Bethlehem. Many carols are not scripturally sound but Away in a Manger, is beautiful in its simplicity and follows the words of scripture.. It speaks of a perfectly behaved baby, no crying, only sleeping comfortably in a feeding trough where his mother had put fresh soft hay. The lilting tune turns from the baby Jesus’ birth to a prayer of protection, blessing, and the hope of eternal life.
It’s a great lesson to teach our children, isn’t it? That the Baby Jesus, born so simply, was God incarnate. Jesus will protect them, take part in their daily lives, take care of their friends, and someday we will all be together in Heaven with Jesus.
Lord Father, Create a burning desire in us to teach our children the truths of what Christmas is. It is a celebration of Jesus’ birth first and the rest is only icing on the cake. In Jesus Name
About the Author: Eleanor Gale lives in southern New Jersey. The eldest of six children from a close Christian family (41 & 2 on the way; 4 generations / country wide), her two children, their spouses and her two grandchildren are her greatest joys in life. Although she suffers from Chronic Lyme Disease, IBS, Fibromyalgia, and Diabetes – she serves God as He calls her, where He calls her, when He calls her – all in His power and strength. @ 3/05 Eleanor Gale dma A Sister’s Hugs; ChIPS
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