Advent Day 22: O Little Town of Bethlehem

How many times over the years have you sung the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem”—more than you can count, or only a few? This year as you sing the words, let them sink in. Hear the story of salvation. Jesus was born to cast out our sin and enter into our lives. He is alive and desires an active relationship with us. He wants to abide with us in our hearts, to make us pure. There is no greater gift that has ever been given. Sing this beloved song with a deep sense of gratitude this year.

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 given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may his 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 to us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us, abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

Listen to “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

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