Friday, November 24, 2006

I Wonder

It would perhaps be more dignified to wait until December 1st, or at least the end of the Thanksgiving weekend to post a Christmas carol. But the stereo burst forth with glorious Christmas choral cheer this morning, and maybe the thoughtful nature of my favorite carol is acceptable at any time of year. My favorite verse is in bold~ Oh, the incredible humility and sacrifice of the One who loves sinners, of whom I am chief! Welcome to Christmas, and may you be blessed this season.

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus, the Savior, did come for to die
For poor or'nery people like you and like I;
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

When Mary birthed Jesus, 'twas in a cow's stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God's heaven a star's light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing:
A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing;
Or all of God's angels in Heaven to sing,
He surely could have had it, 'cause He was the King!

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus, the Savior, did come for to die
For poor, or'nery people like you and like I:
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

--Appalachian, collected by J.J. Niles

3 comments:

dolphindancer said...

I love Christmas carols, too. One came to mind on Thanksgiving, "Blest Be the Tie That Binds." It's a beautiful hymn of gratitude.
Susan, mom of 5

athenainaminivan said...

I just love Christmas carols. I can hear a high soprano singing that one in my head right now. I need to find that CD and get it onto my iPod for some Christmas joy.

Mother Auma said...

The rendition of this song that I especially like has an expanding harmony at the words "or all of God's angels-in-Heav-en-to-SING!" Gives me goosebumps.

From "Christmas Star" by the Cambridge Singers and Orchestra with John Rutter:

http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Star-Cambridge-Singers-Orchestra/dp/B0000031ID/sr=1-1/qid=1164514357/ref=sr_1_1/102-0199572-4030512?ie=UTF8&s=music