Keep Singing

Keep Singing


December 26, 2016

What’s your favorite Christmas song?  When I was a little girl I loved Jingle Bells.  As I understood more about the gifts of Christmas my favorite song was Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.  With maturity, Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Joy to the World and other Christmas carols were inspirational to me. A number of years ago I had an experience that brought me tremendous joy and changed the course of my favorites.

My husband and I were in the car driving to our dear friend Zig Ziglar and (The Red Head) Jean’s house for their annual Christmas party when I said to my husband, "I wish Zig would ask me to sing Sweet Little Jesus Boy for him."  That was a comment and a prayer, a desire of my heart. 

The party was spectacular from the cross and nativity scene in the yard to the splendid decorations in the house.  The people were warm and wonderful, the food was delicious, the mood was festive.  After dinner we stood around the black baby grand piano and sang all the Christmas songs we could think of.  During one of the songs, Zig came over to me, wrapped his arms around my shoulders and whispered in my ear with his deliberately distinct, sweet baritone voice, "Thelma, do you know the song, Sweet Little Jesus Boy and would you sing it for me?"

Oh my goodness!  God heard and answered my prayer!  With tears streaming down my cheeks and delight in my heart, I announced to Zig and his company what I had desired of the Lord and began to sing what has become my favorite Christmas song.  Tears flowed from Zig’s eyes in gratitude and others wept in God’s presence.

On December 6, 2007 I received that same gift as Brenda Owens sung that song for me at the White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, Texas just before I spoke for six hundred ladies at their Women’s Banquet.  I wept!

Let me share this theologically sound, emotionally rendered, favorite Negro Spiritual for you as song by my ancestors in the time of slavery. Listen!

Sweet Little Jesus Boy
Sweet little Jesus Boy
They made You be born in a manguh (manger)
Sweet little Holy chil’
Didn’t know who You wus (was)
Didn’t know You’d come to save us Lawd
To take our sins away
Our eyes wus bline (was blind)
We couldn’t see
We didn’t know who You wus (was)
Long time ago You wus bawn (was born)
Bawn in a manguh (manger) low
Sweet little Jesus Boy
De worl’ (the world) treat You mean, Lawd
Treat me mean too
But please, Suh, fuhgive (Sir, forgive) us Lawd
We didn’t know ’twas You
Sweet little Jesus Boy
Bawn (born) long time ago
Sweet little Holy chil’
An’ we didn’t know who You wus (was)

Keep singing!

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December 26, 2016 Women of Faith