The first known publishing of this song, originally titled “Luther’s Cradle Hymn,” was in 1887. Some believe it was written and composed much earlier by Martin Luther. Often the first carol learned by children, it expresses both the awe and the humility of the Christmas story.
AWAY IN A MANGER, NO CRIB FOR A BED,
THE LITTLE LORD JESUS LAID DOWN HIS SWEET HEAD.
THE STARS IN THE BRIGHT 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 SIDE UNTIL 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 FIT US FOR HEAVEN TO LIVE WITH THEE THERE.
Imagine coming to the village of Bethlehem and seeing God, not only in human form, but as a baby! The King, not in a palace but in a rugged manger.
New Life South Asia shares the Good News of Jesus in villages much like Bethlehem. Their goal: a healthy church planted in every village of their region by 2033. When villagers hear and respond to the Gospel, they are encouraged to tell their family and friends the Good News. Sometimes equipped with just a few oral Bible stories, new Christians are making disciples who then make more disciples.
God calls each of us, regardless of our actual or perceived qualifications, to share the Good News wherever we go. What simple story from Scripture or from your own life’s testimony could you share with someone who needs to hear Good News today?