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Today, we continue with the theme of yesterday and focus on songs that welcome the infant child to this earth. Yesterday we focused on Mary and what things might have been like from her point of view, but today we think about the world that he came into. He came into our world, in a lowly way, in a lowly setting and in a lowly town.

It’s worth asking, is this the way for a king to come? Most would say no. But this is no ordinary king. He is unlike any other, so his entrance would have to be different.

Welcome To Our World

…was written by Chris Rice, and is the song that got Michael W. Smith to urge his label to pick Rice up. I couldn’t really find much information about the song’s history, so instead I’d like to share some of my favorite lyrics from the piece.

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy

Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

Away In A Manger

There is a fair amount of uncertainty surrounding this song. It was first published in 1885 in Philadelphia, and attributed to Martin Luther. However, there is apparently no evidence of this being a Luther Hymn. The third verse (Be near me Lord Jesus…) was probably written by Charles H. Gabriel, but he attributed the whole thing to Luther. So, I guess we just won’t know for sure where this beloved classic originated.

O Little Town of Bethelehem

Phillips Brooks wrote O Little Town of Bethlehem three years after visiting the town and being amazed by the city. The song is sung to different tunes, and is another one of the Christmas Classics that includes the whole story of Christmas in its lyrics.