Monday, December 17, 2007

Monday Moment: O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Phillips Brooks, 1867

(Had you ever just read the words to this old hymn? I did, today, after passing this snow-sprinkled, abandoned little cottage and stopping to snap its picture. It reminded me, somehow, of what I've always pictured when I heard the carol O Little Town of Bethlehem. Such a powerful, sweetly-worded carol, isn't it, and an apt prayer this Christmas advent.)


Christian - Modobject@Home said...

I have always loved the words of the last verse.

Cyndi said...

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Betty said...

I just heard that carol on the radio last night...I love it and it made me think of the night when Jesus was born.

Anonymous said...

This has been my favorite Christmas carol since I was a little girl of six and my best friend was lucky enough to sing it at the school Christmas pagent. I treasure every word. Thanks for illustrating it for us, Brin.

Unknown said...

Wow, it does remind you of a cottage in Bethlehem, how neat!! Have a safe trip home!

Vee said...

Yes, it is a sweetly worded carol as so many are. Thank you for the photos that complement it so well.