Friday, December 20, 2013

Away in a Manger {Cradle Song}

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If you read my hymns series, you learned I can be quite particular about the tunes and lyrics used for certain hymns. I suppose that's why there are multiple versions of hymns, particular tunes grab some hearts and not others, but the message is still one that needs to be heard.

While I have nothing against the MUELLER tune, I do prefer the CRADLE SONG tune. It just makes my heart sing. And I prefer the lyrics "fit us for heaven" over "take us to heaven" in the third verse because, to me, it reminds me of the sanctification process. I know He's going to take me to heaven, but until then, my earnest prayer is that every day He will make me more and more like Him, culminating in that day when I will be taken to live with Him. He didn't just come to earth for our eternal salvation, but He came so that we may enjoy Him today.

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 fit us for heaven 
To live with thee there.

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  1. I completely agree! I love the cradle song tune and the word "fit" need to listen to Celtic Woman sing it....absolutely beautiful. Here's a link:

    1. Oh, that is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!