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.

The lyrics
1.
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.
2
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.
3
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.
4
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
(C) 2022

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