Mary’s Lullaby

 

this Christmas, i’ve thought a lot about Mary
what she had been thinking, what she had been feeling

one of my favorite Christmas songs is called Mary’s Lullaby by Wanda West Palmer
the lyrics and message is so sweet and tender, a true love song from mother to baby.

the chorus:
all mine in your loveliness, baby all mine.
all mine in your holiness, baby divine.
sing on herald angels in chorus sublime.
sing on and adore, for tonight you are mine.

i think about all the love and excitement i felt when my son was born,
and all the hopes and dreams i had for him as he grows up.
i feared for the pain he would possibly experience and hoped more than anything he would feel loved and secure.

i’m sure what Mary felt was similar if not greater than my own feelings of my son’s birth.
but i wonder if her feelings may have been mixed with even more fear for what she knew the future would bring.

i can’t imagine giving birth to my sweet boy and know that in the coming year he would be taken from me by people who hated and despised him.
the courage and strength that must have taken almost seems incomprehensible.

Jesus gave His life for us,
and Mary gave up her son.
it makes me cry to think of it.

but as the song says,
but tonight you are mine. 

we never know what the future may bring for our loved ones.
we don’t know how much time we truly have with them.
but tonight we can cherish them,
enfold them in our arms of love.

my prayer this Christmas is that we can focus on the ones we love,
cherishing the time we have with before it's too late.

 

 

full lyrics:
All mine in your loveliness baby, all mine.
All mine in your holiness baby divine.
Sing on herald angels in chorus sublime;
Sing on and adore, for tonight you are mine.

The wise men are coming to worship their King,
The shepherds are kneeling their homage to bring.
Out yonder the star over Judah will keep.
No harm will befall thee, then sleep baby sleep.

O let me enfold thee, my baby tonight,
While legions are singing in joyous delight.
A new star has risen to hail thee divine,
For you are a king, but tonight you are mine.

Away spectered future of sorrow and plight,
Away to the years that must follow tonight.
The pangs of Gethsemane, let them be dim,
The red drops on Calvary, not Lord, for Him!

O let me enfold thee, my baby tonight,
While legions are singing in joyous delight.
A new star has risen to hail thee divine,
For you are a king, but tonight you are mine.

All mine in your loveliness baby, all mine.
All mine in your holiness baby divine.
Sing on herald angels in chorus sublime;
Sing on and adore, for tonight you are mine.

6 comments:

Alexis Kaye said...

this is so powerful. thank you. Merry CHRISTmas.

Sidenote: i used to be in the ward of the lady who wrote that song. so beautiful :)

Cassie said...

Such a strong message. I definitely just all teary eyed reading this post & listening to the song.

Betsy said...

such a good song, and a touching message. i love taking time to remember what this season is truly all about.

Tabitha said...

Merry Christmas!! tagged you on my blog http://mommydaddyandmason.blogspot.com/2011/12/tag-your-it.html

Chelsea said...

I also have been thinkign a lot about mary, especially mary in labor. what she had to have been thinking giving birth just with her husband in a manger without drugs- only a teenager..... it wasn't exactly her "plan" but what an honor to give birth to the son of god.
I had never thought about mary in labor until this year-I just had my 2nd baby (at home) and my first birth was a cesarean.... i have so much respect for mary's birth now having done a natural birth myself.

Anyway. beautiful post and lyrics. Hope you have a merry christmas and celebrate that precious baby Jesus!

I have a give a way over on my blog! Cute head bands! i Hope you will go visit and say hi!

oxoxox

Polkadot-pretties said...

Loved this!!!!
Thank you for taking the time to link up to my linky party, hope we will see you tomorrow, so you can link up your favourite posts from the year 2011
Claire xoxo