Listen to: "In the Bleak Midwinter"
This song talks about how Angels worshiped night and day, and Mary worshiped with a kiss. Then in the end, the narrator asks, what can I give…I think we can also read this question: how can I worship the Lord God Almighty come as a babe? The answer, give Him my heart. When I think of worshiping Jesus our savior, I think I might make it too complicated at times. I wonder with all that must be done in everyday life, how do I worship continually? Perhaps, the answer lies in the last phrase “give Him my heart.” Could it be that when we give our hearts to Jesus that we then enter the same state as the angels of worshiping night and day? And that giving Jesus our heart is like giving the baby of Christmas a kiss?
Activity for Kids:
While the baby Jesus is really all grown up and now is our savior in heaven, during Advent we remember his coming as a baby and the special gift of life He gives us. While we can’t actually give baby Jesus a kiss like His mother Mary, what can you give him that is like a kiss? How can we worship Jesus like the angels?
Move your Angels forward to the next note.
Lyrics: "In the Bleak Midwinter
by Christina Rossetti and Gustav Holst
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heav’n cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain; Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed, The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for him, whom cherubim, worship night and day, A breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay; Enough for him, whom angels, fall down before, The ox and ass and camel, which adore.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there, Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air, But His mother only, in her maiden bliss, Worshiped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb; If I were a wise man, I would do my part, Yet what I can I give him, give Him my heart.