Scripture Verse

Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19


Carolyn W. Gillette (1961–)

Words: Ca­ro­lyn W. Gil­lette, 2011.

Music: Tal­lis’ Ca­non Tho­mas Tal­lis, in The Whole Psal­ter Trans­lat­ed in­to Eng­lish Metre, by Mat­thew Park­er, 1560 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Thomas Tallis (1505–1585)


When Mary hugged her new­born son,
She pon­dered all that God had done.
Could she know all her child would be—
The life he’d bring hu­ma­ni­ty?

When shep­herds heard the an­gel’s joy,
They went to find that ba­by boy.
Could they see there in Beth­le­hem
A friend to out­casts just like them?

When wise men came with gifts to share,
They saw young Je­sus play­ing there.
Could they be­hold in one so small
God’s gift most pre­cious of them all?

God, make us faith­ful, hum­ble, wise
To know that Je­sus chang­es lives.
May we be op­en to the way
That he would change our lives this day.