We do not look for angel choirs
or visions in the sky,
but simply pray that peace on earth
comes nearer through the Christ child’s birth
in Bethlehem for us,
in Bethlehem for us.
We do not look for frankincense
or wise ones at our door,
but simply ask our prayers be heard
and that our restless hearts be stirred
by Jesus’ newborn cry,
by Jesus’ newborn cry.
We will not rest until we know
that God makes all things new;
until our search for answered prayer
transforms the lives of all who dare
to put their trust in you,
to put their trust in you.
But still you send us songs of peace
and wisdom whispers near.
You call us to the way of Christ,
that in our living hope will rise
from Bethlehem to here,
from Bethlehem to here.
Words: © 2013 Gareth Hill Publishing/Song Solutions CopyCare, 14 Horsted Square, Uckfield, TN22 1QG www.songsolutions.org
Metre: 86.88.6 (extended)
Recommended tune: “Repton” (StF 495). An alternative tune is “Chalfont Park” (StF 708), for which the final line of each verse is not repeated but whose rising phrases pick up on the sense of transforming hope that underpins Gareth’s words.