Dear Friends, it’s HERE – finally HERE. It’s Christmas. Blessings to you and yours from my little family. Miss Baby’s quote of the year: “Mom, I am already looking forward to the next Christmas while I am still celebrating this one!” Yes, I agree, child! Let’s keep Christmas all year round in our hearts, honoring and loving the One who didst His royal throne and kingly crown — for us, for you and for me!
Once in royal David’s city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.
He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.
For He is our childhood’s pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.
And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.
[First published in 1848 in Miss Cecil Humphreys’ hymnbook Hymns for little Children. Processional hymn of The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College since 1919.]