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In A Byre Near Bethlehem / The Word Of Life – Christmas (Sunday) Songs 2013 Day 22

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What can you say about a song that suits Christmas, Easter and everyday equally well.
I featured this song numerous times before.
Read about it here.
And will again.

Here’s Zac Hicks and friends.

The lyrics: (byre means barn, BTW)
In a byre near Bethlehem
Passed by many a wandering stranger
The most precious Word of Life
Was heard gurgling in a manger
For the good of us all

By the Galilean Lake
Where the people flocked for teaching
The most precious Word of Life
Fed their mouths as well as preaching
For the good of us all

And He’s here when we call Him
Bringing health, love, and laughter
To life now and ever after
For the good of us all

Quiet was Gethsemane
Camouflaging priest and soldier
The most precious Word of Life
Took the world’s weight on His shoulder
For the good of us all

On the hill of Calvary
Place to end all hope of living
The most precious Word of Life
Breathed His last and died, forgiving
For the good of us all

In a garden, just at dawn
Near the grave of human violence
The most precious Word of Life
Cleared His throat and ended silence
For the good of us all

Words: John L. Bell, 1987
Music: Wild Mountain Thyme, arr. Zac Hicks, 2011
©1987 Wild Goose Resource Group, Iona Community, Scotland
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