Sunday, December 18, 2011

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Litte Town of Bethlehem
words by Philip Brooks

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.

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 giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy pray to the bless├Ęd Child,
Where misery cries out to Thee, Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching and faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks, and Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

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Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you shall come for Me One who will be Ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.  ~ Micah 5:2

1 comment:

Frances said...

This morning, Kati, I am particularly struck by the words in the last verse: "Be born in us today." I have a quote in one of my journals, by Johann Schemes:

"Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, if He's not born in thee, thy soul is still forlorn."

What wonder that He came to Bethlehem. What greater wonder that He came to our hearts. And our souls need never be forlorn.

Kati, I pray that this Christmas week will be full of sweet moments and heartfelt joys. You are an inspiration to me.