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The night before Christmas has arrived! What carol shall we look at as we conclude this week’s trilogy. Perhaps this evening as you join a Christmas Service on Zoom or U-tube you will sing “Away in a manger”.

This is a short carol that could act as a lullaby in your semi-darkened home, lighted by the 4 Advent Candles and the Christ Candle; so, watch out, no sleeping! The carol was published in 1885 by the General Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in United States. The author is unknown but the suggestion is an anonymous Lutheran author from Pennsylvania in 1884.

When we examine the words we see that Verses 1 and 2 describe the possible scene at the stable, concluding with a prayer, “I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky, and stay by my side until morning is nigh.” Verse 3 continues the prayer broadening its scope to include children everywhere, and for ever, that all may become fit to live with the Saviour in heaven.

The best known melody for the carol, Cradle Song, was published in 1895; composed by William James Kirkpatrick.

Since April, I have had the joy of sharing these One Moment Please spots with you. May you have a safe and blessed Christmas. Hopefully we will continue our journey after January 4, 2021.

Bible Reading: Luke 2: 15-20