She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.@Luke 2:7
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Adoration of the Shepherds
Sebastiano Ricci (1659–1734)

Car­o­lyn W. Gil­lette, 1998. Pub­lished in her Gifts of Love: New Hymns for To­day’s Wor­ship (Ge­ne­va Press, 2000).

Beech­er John Zun­del, Chris­tian Heart Songs 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Carolyn W. Gillette (1961–)

In a feed box, in a stable,
Jesus slept upon the hay;
So, our God, you came among us,
Bringing peace on earth that day.
Beautiful upon the mountain!
Christ, you bring us God’s shalom;
May we share your love and justice
In each land and town and home.

In a shelter, poor and homeless,
Sleeps a child upon her bed;
In a basement hides a family,
Bombs exploding overhead.
Jesus, you knew want and hunger;
Your own family fled the sword.
May we see you, may we hear you,
In each one oppressed or poor.

In the church, we seek your presence;
Prince of Peace, you meet us here:
See! A person seeking shelter.
See! Another filled with fear.
See! A world where lives are broken;
Give us strength and help us care,
Till our love for every neighbor
Fills each thought and act and prayer.