Away In A manger

Away In A Manger is my favorite Christmas Carol.  Although many give the same message this is the one that resonates in my heart.  I have chosen an older melody for this video and love the Celtic Woman version.  Enjoy!

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 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 till morning is nigh.

Verses 1 & 2 of this song first appeared in a children’s collection in 1885.  It is often attributed to Martin Luther but that is highly unlikely.  The author is unknown.

The third stanza was added by John Thomas McFarland around the turn of the century.  It is this verse that I love the most.  Think on these words:

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.

There is no greater desire in this Believer’s heart than to stay in His ‘tender care’ and when He is finally ready, to live with Him for all eternity.

Heavenly Father, this child is so blessed to know You and give You praise.  Forgive my sins and stay close.  Let me walk through the opportunities of this day with You.  I put all those reading this in Your ‘tender care’.  I lift this prayer before the throne in the precious name of Jesus.  Make it so!

4 thoughts on “Away In A manger

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  2. Marie, you too are a real blessing, so many times your messages have uplifted and blessed me greatly and they also get me thinking and praying for God’s leading in answering, as do some others that are not content with just a few words of approval or a Like, although both have a place.

    Do you know that the word Melody, in the Greek includes Musical stringed instruments, yes do indeed use your God given gifts Marie to encourage others and in so doing you too will be uplifted, when we give freely we receive abundantly, perhaps not in worldly wealth but then God knows our needs and provides, so perhaps besides teaching as a Job, you could also help those who can’t afford lessons, you may not get rich but you will be greatly blessed.

    I’m tone death but I love to sing and I find that I have plenty of room when I do because for some reason everyone gives me lots of space, how kind they are 🙂 But Wow do I sing loud and clear to the Lord on my Mobility bike and now and again I even forget I’m at the lights, I’m not sure why but no one has clapped me yet but they do smile? oK well at least they don’t cry 🙄

    Christian Love – Anne

    I will be back Marie to catch up on your Posts I missed if all continues to go well so please check back in case you don’t receive notification.


  3. A beautiful message Marie and with so much Truth, it was very uplifting and encouraging, Thank you.

    Songs can have a lot of Spiritual Truth in them even some that are not known as Christian, God speaks to us through even unknown people not just the popular ones and His Truth is everywhere, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. All Music or Melody, comes from God but of course it can be distorted by man and Lyrics can be very much in error, this is why we need to confirm them by the Scriptures.

    God tells us to have a balance so that all may be uplifted, the Elderly enjoy the old Hymns and they bring back wonderful memories for them, I love Scripture in song and God tells us as confirmed below that we can learn a lot by what we sing but always it must be from the heart.

    Ephesians 5:18-20 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    Colossians 3:15-17And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne


    • Anne, your replies are so rich and full. Thank you!

      I love all kinds of music. I lean toward classical piano, Baroque, Popular Christian, Southern Gospel, …
      I listen to Christmas music year around. There is so much in both old and new hymns.

      (By the way: My Bachelor of Science is in Music Education and Performance. I majored in Voice and minored in Piano and Flute. Yes, I still use my skills and am developing a new one in learning to play the Celtic Harp. I’ve considered teaching privately again but God has not really spoken on that issue. We’ll see.)

      What a blessing you are!



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