Sweet dreams.

December 10, 2010

Another peaceful song about a supposedly peaceful event.  I don’t think it was peaceful until late into the night.  I think, even as much as they trusted God, Joseph and Mary were scared half out of their minds as they tried to find a safe place to spend the night.  I think the thought of having their first child in a barn or a cave was the last thing they wanted.

But they trusted God and found peace in the midst of their fear.  I haven’t faced their circumstances, but I understand all about finding peace in the midst of fear.

I think it’s also interesting that most of the songs that I think of when I ponder peace are children’s songs – songs that are some of the first Christmas songs we teach our kids.  Maybe it’s a momspiracy, all the experienced moms get together at MOPS and say to the new moms, “If you want your kids to get to sleep teach them these songs. ”

It works.  Even today a song like O Little Town of Bethlehem relaxes me.  I think I’ll hum it when I go to bed tonight.

I went to this website :http://www.carols.org.uk/o_little_town_of_bethlehem.htm and gathered a little information.  Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) of Philadelphia, wrote the words to O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868, following a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He was inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine especially at night-time hence the lyrics of O Little Town of Bethlehem. His church organist Lewis Redner (1831-1908) wrote the melody to O Little Town of Bethlehem for the Sunday school children’s choir.”

Our ceramic nativity set is sanitized, gold-plated and perfect.  Not at all like the real manger. But a real manger would attract flies  and our cats would probably want to spend all their time in it.  We do a lot of things to make the Event at Bethlehem more palatable, easier to take.  We sanitize the Christmas story.  I guess that’s OK, but, but sometimes I like to remember what was done for me.  It makes me more grateful.

Be blessed as you ponder, and when you go to bed, I pray that you sleep in heavenly peace.  Sorry right sentiment, wrong song. 🙂

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

May your hopes and fears bet met by the Savior.  May the Everlasting Light guide you.

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still,
The dear Christ enters in.

If you haven’t, receive him.  If you have, enjoy his presence.

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us, we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel 

Be glad, be joyful, that our sins are forgiven, that God With Us really is.


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