Tuesday, December 19, 2006

make my life a bethlehem

Sunday I attended a different service from my regular at my church so that I could enjoy the chancel choir’s Christmas Cantata, “Living Christmas Throughout the Year”. My Uncle Wayne is in the choir so that is an added bonus. They did such a wonderful job in leading us in worship through music. I was very glad that the words to each piece were printed in the bulletin. I was especially impressed upon by one song.

Make My Life a Bethlehem
By Craig Courtney

Make my life a Bethlehem, a manger of my heart.
Let me hear the angels sing and let the music start,
May I fall in simple faith and wonder to my knees,
In the manger of my heart let Christ be born in me.

In my life there is a place that scattered with the straw of every
disappointment, each regret and every flaw.
In this dark and dismal place my beasts of burden lie.
Weary from the heavy lad they long to lay aside.

Come and sweep this stable clean and swaddle it with light,
And let the Child be born in me upon a starlit night.
For though He’s born a thousand times in far off Bethlehem,
Until the Savior’s born in me I cannot worship Him.

1 comment:

Judy said...

Thank you for this. I Googled looking for the lyrics and came upon your blog. I was a member of the choir that sang this at our church and obviously we rehearsed it several times come up but it wasn't until Sunday morning when I was reviewing the lyrics that the impact of these words hit me. And now I can't get them and the music out of my head / heart. I agree with you that the text of every choir Anthem should be in the bulletin. We used to do that but no longer and it makes me sad. I'm going to copy your comments and send them in the email to my choir director. Thank you again. What a blessing these words are.