A Christmas Carol


The shepherds had an angel,
The wise men had a star;
But what have I, a little child,
To guide me home from far,
Where glad stars sing together,
And singing angels are?

The Wise Men left their country
To journey morn by morn,
With gold and frankincense and myrrh,
Because the Lord was born:
God sent a star to guide them,
And sent a dream to warn.

My life is like their journey,
Their star is like God’s book.
I must be like these good Wise Men,
With heav’n-ward heart and look:
But shall I give no gifts to God?
What precious gifts they took

Lord, I will give my love to Thee,
Than gold much costlier.
Sweeter to Thee than frankincense,
More prized than the choicest myrrh,
Lord, make me dearer day by day,
Day by day holier; (Day by day holier.).

Nearer and dearer day by day,
Till I my voice unite
And sing “Glory, glory”
With angels clad in white;
All “Glory, glory” given to Thee,
All “Glory, glory” given to Thee.

Through all the heav’nly height.
All “Glory, glory.”
Through all the heav’nly height.
All “Glory, glory.” given to Thee.

As we continue exploring carols, which is from the French for circle because people sang in a circle,I came upon this one, A Christmas Carol, but not about ghosts of Christmas, past, present or future. Certainly, the shepherds had an angel and the wise men a star, and we have Jesus, as a baby and a Savior to guide us home to where angels sing.

The wise men did follow the star, bringing gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh. And the avoided Herod, being warned in dream, mush like the one Joseph was given, in order to protect Mary and Jesus. The star guided them and the dream warded them, but that star, I believe, was more than a star, it was His glory, just like the Holy Spirit guides and warns us today, even in dreams.

Our lives are like their journey and God’s Word the star, glory or Spirit. They did bring precious gifts, but all He ask of us is our love, because to Him, and His love to us, is more costly than gold,sweeter than frankincense, and more prized than the choicest myrhh. It is a good prayer that we become dearer day by day to Him as He is to us.

Nearer and near, day by day, though we can still sing with the angels in white, we will one day be there. Glory in the heavenly height, I give Him all the glory.

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Psalm 148:1- 4 

Rebecca Jones /public domain

‘A Christmas Carol’ were written by the famous poet Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894). The music was added by Harold E. Darke (1888-1976) in 1920.

6 thoughts on “A Christmas Carol”

  1. Rebecca, you have such a wonderful way with words. Thanks for the inspiration today! God bless you!


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