As I sat at the piano, playing and singing some Christmas carols, another song came to my heart. This is traditionally a song sung for times of communion, the Lord’s Supper, in a corporate gathering. Brother Bob Stamps, then chaplain of ORU with assistance from David Stearman, composed this song back in the ‘70’s during our time at ORU. Gazing at the nativity figures on my piano I had never considered this as a Christmas song, yet it totally expressed the meaning of the birth of Jesus. His birth opened the door for everyone to come: shepherds, kings, wise men and women. My brother-in-law used to say “The ground is level at the foot of the cross with a sign that says ‘whosoever will may come.”
GOD AND MAN AT TABLE
by Dr. Robert J.(Brother Bob) Stamps
O, welcome, all ye noble saints of old As now before your very eyes unfold The wonders all so long ago foretold. God and Man at table are sat down
Elders, martyrs, all are falling down; Prophets, patriarchs are gath’ring round. What angels longed to see now man has found: God and man at table are sat down.
Who is this who spreads the vic’try feast? Who is this who makes our warring cease? Jesus, Risen Savior, Prince of Peace. God and man at table are sat down.
Beggars, lame, and harlots also here; Repentant publicans are drawing near. Wayward sons come home without a fear. God and man at table are sat down.
Worship in the presence of the Lord With joyful songs and hearts in one accord. And let our Host at table be adored. God and man at table are sat down.
When at last this earth shall pass away, When Jesus and his Bride are one to stay, The feast of love is just begun that day. God and man at table are sat down.
Take a moment this Christmas.
Stop and Breathe. Share Communion.
After all, isn’t that what Christmas is really about?
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