Move Me Closer to the Child…

“And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12

This Christmas I am reminded of an old song by Evie called A Shepherd’s Prayer.  If you aren’t familiar it is about a shepherd boy in the nativity scene who wants nothing more than to be moved closer to the Christ child.  Here are the sweet lyrics in case you aren’t familiar:

Twas the night before Christmas,
And my only desire
Was peace among kids, and to rest by the fire.
I had just settled down in my favorite chair;
When I heard a small voice, and a cry of despair.
As I stared at the hearth I saw a strange sight!
Our nativity scene, in the flickering light
Seemed almost alive!
And how could this be!
One lonely shepherd was calling to me.

Move me closer, move me closer
Move me closer to the Child.
Let me see Him, let me hold His hand.
Move me closer to the Child.

As you can well imagine, I was a bit surprised.
So with a shake of the head and a rub of the eyes
I took another look, and what did I see,
Without a doubt he was looking at me.

It seems in the hustle and bustle of things
In the wrapping of gifts, and the building of swings,
In assembling his scene, I’d been a bit hurried,
And understandably so, He was a little bit worried.

Move me closer, move me closer
Move me closer to the Child.
Let me see Him, let me hold His hand.
Move me closer to the Child.

You see, candy canes and holly trim
Didn’t mean a thing to him.
If it kept him from his post
Beside the child he loved the most.

So as strange as it must seem,
Whether it was, or wasn’t, a dream.
I placed him back where he belonged
As he sang again his simple song.
And now when we at Christmas share,
We sing his song:
A Shepherd’s Prayer.

Move me closer, move me closer
Move me closer to the Child.
Let me see Him, let me hold His hand.
Move me closer to the Child.
Move me closer to the Child.

My prayer this Christmas is that each of us would have a desire to be moved closer to the one who truly is the reason for the Christmas season.  I am so thankful for all of you and wish you a happy, healthy, and blessed Christmas!


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About Felicia

Felicia Carter is founder and managing editor of Go Grow Go. Her philosophy is to simplify, save, grow and go! Her home is generally full of DIY projects, crafts, yummy baked goods and lots of love. Felicia is also a wife, mom of 2 boys and nationally certified counselor. You can always find her near the chocolate or the coffee pot.

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  1. I loved how your pictures went along with the song. Merry Christmas!

  2. Thank you for the wonderful reminder! Merry Christmas!

  3. A very poignant reminder. Thank you 🙂
    Merry Christmas


  5. Merry Christmas to you!

  6. I’ve never heard this before. Makes me cry!! =) Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  7. What a beautiful song and a reminder of what the true meaning of the season is all about.
    Hope you had a blessed Christmas, and the new year brings you happines, health and lots of love.

  8. When I was in elementary school, one of my Christmas presents for the year was Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. It was one of the last Christmas gifts I opened, and I’ll admit I was tired and became a little cranky at getting a book instead of a toy. However, to this day I remember how much my parents loved this book, and the way my dad’s voice sounded when he read it to me, and now I love it, too. I know this will be a book I’ll be reading to my children.

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