If you’ve been around a while singing Christmas music you’ve probably heard or thought about Away In A Manger and it’s very sentimental and unlikely description of baby Jesus’ lack of crying.
This rendition by Paul Zach with Kate Bluett has a considered set of altered lyrics which maintain the sensitivity of that first holy night, while providing a considered reflection of the meaning of the incarnation and Jesus’ humanity, and its hope and comfort for us now.
Rest well in him.
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the night sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes
And wails in the darkness, the silence he breaks
His mother sings softly to calm all his fears:
The Word become flesh on his first midnight here.
Be with us, Lord Jesus, who watch or who weep,
and bless, in your kindness, our bodies with sleep.
You know all our weakness: You made it your own
And came to us helpless, God’s Son newly born.
O, bless all the children who wake in the night,
who rise in confusion and cry out in fright,
who run now from Herod or fall to his sword.
O bless them, dear Jesus; bring peace to our world.
Additional lyrics: Kate Bluett, Paul Zach