Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Away in a Manger - Nativity Scenes

by M. J. Joachim

One of the first Christmas songs I learned all the words to when I was little is Away in a Manger. I even learned to play it on the piano way back when. There’s something about this song that makes me sad, yet not in a bad way. Instead it gives me a sense of longing to cherish God in my heart, awaiting the day when I might one day be with Him in heaven. 

The lyrics of Away in a Manger speak to the true love God has for humanity, and even as a child, it was easy to understand how special the Christ child is. Nativity scenes take on new meaning when we look at them with the lyrics of Away in a Manger impressed on our hearts. Christmas is a solemn, joyful time, a time to reflect on the gift of love and the first gift of Christmas, the gift of Christ Himself to the world.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. 
Merry Christmas!

M. J.

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Photo credits: Chapel of the Manger in the Grotto of the Nativity, GNU Free Documentation License; Botticelli Nativity (1445-1510), Columbia Museum of Art, PD-US; (altar) The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where Jesus was born, Darko Tepert Donatus, CCA-Share Alike 2.5 Generic License; Nativity scene in Austria, Haneburger, GNU Free Documentation License