Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas in Song and Photo - Tuesday

The last Christmas hymn I want to share is We Three Kings. I love the gifts of the wise men. What wisdom they had indeed in the selection of their gifts! Even as a toddler-boy, the magi acknowledge the Christ child as King, Priest and that Offering for Sin as Isaiah describes. I can't fully imagine the scene there. Surely Joseph, being a simple carpenter, would have had a very humble home. The entourage that came with men must have been a sight. I can see the beautiful clothes the Magi must have worn. For them to come and first bow before this little boy, living in all simplicity, must have been truly a sight. Then to present such lavish gifts, the sum of which could have been worth more than Joesph would have earned in his entire life.

We Three Kings

We three kings of Orient are;
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.

Refrain O star of wonder, star of light, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.


Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and praising, voices raising,
Worshiping God on high.


Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.


Glorious now behold Him arise;
King and God and sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Sounds through the earth and skies.


My little precious ones, taken just this morning.

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