We say it every year, but it’s always true: It’s hard to believe Christmas is already here!
One of my favorite Christmas carols is Away in a Manger. I treasure it not only for its sweet simplicity, but because it’s been sung at some bittersweet moments in my life. When I was a child, a young boy from our church died tragically. I don’t remember him clearly, but I’m told he that every Sunday he saved a chocolate donut for me! He loved Christmas, and we sang this song at his funeral.
Years later, I would sing this lullaby at another funeral—my grandfather’s. He died 19 years ago just a few days before Christmas. He also loved this holiday, and Away in a Manger seemed appropriate: “Fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.”
Not long after I was saved, some Christians—members of a certain theological mindset—tried to take this Christmas carol away from me. “It’s not theologically accurate!” was the cry. “Jesus still would have cried as a baby!”
Fine. Yes, I’m sure Jesus cried when He was a baby. But, two things: 1) the song does not say, “no crying did He ever make” and 2) the phrase, “no crying He makes,” does not make this a bad or evil song. It’s a children’s lullaby. It contains rich theological truths. It is a sweet reminder of our Lord’s promise to be with us. After all, He is Immanuel, God with us.
I’ve written about my love for this carol in the past, so I’ll not repeat myself any further. I hope you’re enjoying all the beautiful carols of Christmas this season. I hope you’re singing them with zeal, whether in your car, your home, your church, or even the grocery store (I may have caught myself humming behind my mask while shopping one day!). I hope their lyrics are bringing you great joy as you celebrate this first coming of our Savior, and anticipate His return.
I couldn’t let Christmas pass by without sharing a week in review (kind of):
- This is by far one of my favorite versions of one of my other favorite carols, O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
- Confession to God is hard, but necessary.
- Here’s another favorite carol of mine. Yes, it’s secular, but it’s a classic!
- Thoughts on Anna.
- I appreciated this Advent sermon on Christ’s humanity.
- Here’s your Christmas dose of adorable.
- Will we listen to Him?
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness from that time and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of Hosts will accomplish this.Isaiah 9:6-7 (BSB)