Advent 5: Bethlehem (from Ian B)

 

For today, lots of goodies! Some new lyrics to an old song, a cartoon and a free christmas album …

 

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy dark and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

 

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight

 

The lamplit streets of Bethlehem

We walk now through the night

There is no peace in Bethlehem

There is no peace in sight

 

The wounds of generations

Almost too deep to heal

Scar the timeworn miracle

And make it seem surreal

 

The baby in the manger

Grew to a man one day

And still we try to listen now

To what he had to say

 

Put up your swords forever

Forgive your enemies

Love your neighbour as yourself

Let your little children come to me

 

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy dark and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

 

From the Over the Rhine Album, Snow Angel.

 

You can listen to the track or download the whole album for free from here …

 

http://www.noisetrade.com/overtherhine

 

The cartoon is a snippet from a book called Jerusalem by Guy Desisle, a French-Canadian illustrator who spent a year in Israel. It is a funny, engaging, poignant and accessible tale about the encounters he had with folk from every side of the conflict. It is the best book I have read this year, even if (?because) it is mainly pictures. You are welcome to come round and have a read sometime – it’s not leaving my house! (It’s that good)

 

You can download a sample here …

 

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2008329/Jerusalem.pdf

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