“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’” (Luke 18;15-17)
“Away in the Manger is the simple prayer of a child to his Lord Jesus. The child declares his love for Jesus. He asks for his protection through the night. He bids Jesus to come be near him forever. The child even intercedes for all other children. He ends his prayer with the expectation that Jesus will return one day to take him to his heavenly home. I like this carol not only because it reminds me of the beauty of children but because it also reminds me of the beauty of my Savior. Jesus has time to hear the simple prayer of a child. Indeed, he has time for anyone who humbly accepts the gospel like a child.
AWAY IN THE MANGER
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.