Our God is a great God, isn’t He? He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last, the One who Is and Who was, and Who is to come.
And He knows me from beginning to end. Better than I know myself.
A few weeks ago Nancy asked me to sing tonight, and I started a hunt for the Best New Christmas Song. Nothing seemed quite right. In frustration, I turned off the radio and began singing my favorite Christmas carol, “Away in A Manger.” And I remembered how, as a little girl in my Grandpa’s little church, I would sing this song and cry for Baby Jesus, because he had no crib for a bed. Only God knew that that compassion for a helpless baby would grow eventually into a passion to help the most hopeless of babies in the Neonatal ICU.
As I continued to sing, I was surprised by the last words of the song, praying for God’s blessing on “all the dear children.” Who knew? Certainly not me. Only my great God knew that He would grow a compassion in me for the most needy children all over the world, and only He could have provided Wendy and The Bridge as a way for me to be more personally involved in helping them.
So I offer this song in love and gratitude to Jesus,
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head
The stars in the sky look 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 til morning is nigh.
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 bring them to heaven to live with thee there.