Christmas Year C
When Mary and Joseph Sought Safety and Shelter
ASH GROVE 126.96.36.199.6.11 D (“Let All Things Now Living”)
When Mary and Joseph sought safety and shelter,
Who welcomed them gladly? Who said, “Come and stay”?
Who said, “Come inside here”? Who gave food and water?
Who offered a place to keep cold winds away?
O Lord, we remember, and sometimes we wonder:
You no longer need a small bed filled with hay.
So how can we welcome you, Jesus our Savior?
And how can we show that we love you today?
We look all around us and see the world’s children,
And so we remember they’re precious to you.
As nations have chosen to help or to hurt them,
O Lord, we confess nations do unto you.
The youth in detention, the poor, hungry orphan,
The neighbor, the stranger, the child in the pew:
May we reach in love and give safety and welcome.
By loving God’s children, we welcome you, too.
Biblical Text: Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 25:31-46
Tune: Traditional Welsh melody (“Let All Things Now Living”)
Text: Copyright © 2018 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.