24 December 2010

Within Thy Keeping

Guard him, Joseph, as he slumbers,
There behind the stable doors,
Let no errant sound distress him,
Tread thou softly on the floor,
Linger watchful round the manger, 
Hush thy voice and still the beasts,
For thou hast within thy keeping
Christ, the infant Prince of Peace.

Guard him, Joseph, through the darkness,
Watching o'er him till the dawn,
Bid the shepherds enter meekly;
Stand in wonder; gaze in awe.
Trim thy lamp and shield thy candle,
See they burn all through the night,
For thou has within thy keeping
Christ, the everlasting Light.

Guard him, Joseph, from all danger,
Keep thy vigil nigh his bed,
Let no harm nor grief befall him,
Stand thou in a father's stead,
When his mother's arms be weary,
Hold him gently as thine own,
For thou hast within thy keeping
God's own well-beloved Son. 

Read this talk about the true meaning of Christmas by Elder Jeffery R. Holland, given while he was president of Brigham Young University. And I hope your Christmas, in fact, means a little bit more.

Guard Him, Joseph was written by Sally DeFord.

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