A New Christmas Carol by Kilby Austin

(to the tune of Away In The Manager)
Away in a manger, where cows ate their hay,
the Lord God of heaven was laid down one day
by Mary, his mother, whose heart sang of love
while “Glory!” and “Peace!” sang the angels above.

Away on a mountain while crowds gathered round
the Lord God of heaven sat down on the ground
and taught them that love is fulfilling the law,
so it was for love that he’d come for us all.

Away on a hilltop, a place called “The Skull,”
the Lord God of heaven was hung on a pole
by all of his people and all of their sin
while Israel and Satan cried, “Crucify him!”

Away in a tomb that a rich man had loaned,
the Lord God of heaven was laid behind stone
by some of his sad friends who’d watched as he died
and wondered how God’s Son could be crucified.

Away rolled the tombstone and sin, death, and hell:
the Lord God of heaven has done all things well,
and now he has risen and us with him raised,
that we may forever sing songs in his praise.

by Kilby Austin

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