The unknown author of this carol tells the story and guides our response: Away in a manger, no crib for a bed / the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head/… Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay / Close by me forever, and love me I pray.
Mary and Joseph had travelled to Bethlehem by order of the Roman Empire. But the exhausted couple found no room in the crowded inn. They were sent to the barn. What a strange scene! The virgin mother, her kind husband, sheltered in a stable and the newly born Son of God asleep in a feed trough. But this little family would change the world. God still works through unconventional families today. We can encourage each other with that Good News by sharing stories of God’s continued presence in our lives.
Marla is a Spiritual Care Elder at OAC. Here is her story of God’s changing her life.
Kylynda: What was the role of prayer in your journey with Jesus.
Marla: God hung onto me even though I turned my back on Him for 20 years—during which time I got myself into a lot of grief! I am thankful that my mother continued to pray that I would come back to Jesus.
Kylynda: Your prayer testimony also extends to your family, as well.
Marla: Yes! After I renewed my relationship with Jesus, I started praying for my husband. I wanted him to come to OAC with me. Four years ago (and after 32 years of praying!), he decided to worship with me on Sabbath. Now, exploring the infinite love
and grace of God at OAC is the highlight of his week! I would encourage others to never underestimate the power of prayer!