‘Master, Redeemer, Savior of the world..
Wonderful, Counselor, Bright Morning Star.
Lily of the valley, Provider, and Friend,
He was yesterday, He’ll be tomorrow, Beginning and End.
But the angel called Him Jesus, born of a virgin.
Mary called Him Jesus, but I call Him Lord. – Dottie Rambo (1975)
One of my favorites of the great Dottie Rambo’s writings, I remember when it was released in ’75 (I was a Senior in High School). One of my favorite lyrical lines – ‘He was yesterday, He’ll be tomorrow. Beginning and End.’. But I CALL HIM LORD.
One of my extraordinary childhood memories were of the annual Christmas plays @ the Community Center during Dad’s pastorate at Roanoke. Often Mother and Sara Jane (Dickard) Rice ‘directed’ our little troop of rambunctious angels, shepherds, wise guys (and the toddlers were the live nativity)–it was always chaotic; always a few ‘glitches’ that come with 2-5 year olds. But it always included a chorus and always with hand gestures that lead into our Away in a Manger Grand Finale. The words were simple – ‘What can I give Him, poor as a I am. If I were a Shepherd, I’d give Him a lamb. And if I were a Wise Man, I’d do my part. What can I give Him? I’ll give Him my Heart.’
Friends, the most beautiful and meaningful gifts you’ll ever open are those wrapped inside your heart–a heart where Jesus abides. Have a wonderful Tuesday showing kindness to our world today it so desperately needs. Love you all.