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Saturday, December 29, 2012

As she drove to visit a home-bound man, Pastor Cindy thought back on the hard year she had had personally.

When their visit seemed over, he said, "I love 'Away in a Manger,'" he laughed. "An old man and a lullaby!" Then he looked her in the eyes: "I've had good times and bad. The Christmas my wife died was the worst. 'Away in a Manger' kept me in Jesus' arms."

He took her hand, insisting, more than inviting: "Pray with me."

As she closed her eyes, he sang in a shaky, but sure voice:

"Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray." The words covered her like a warm comforter.

Then he squeezed her hand and became her pastor:

"Bless all the dear children in your tender care, And fit us for heaven to live with you there."

“Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay close by me forever and love me, I pray.” Amen.

Gary Dreier
Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, St. Paul, Minn.
Master of Divinity , 1981

“Away in a Manger,” ELW 277

1 Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;
the stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

2 The cattle are lowing; the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky
and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

3 Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay
close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care
and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.


This God Pause daily devotion is brought to you by the alumni of Luther Seminary.