Sabbath Rest – Labor of Love

One of my favorite Christian performers (singer/songwriter) is Andrew Peterson. I was introduced to him by my niece (thank-you, Christiana) many years ago and have been blessed to attend several of his concerts over the years. A couple of years ago I was able to see one of his annual performances of his Christmas “cantata” – Behold The Lamb of God. Oh my – it was excellent. If you ever have a chance to see this concert (or any of his concerts, actually!) in person – please do so! I can’t (realistically) share the whole album with you, but here is one of my favorites. This video is from a live performance at The Ryman in Nashville. Video by Andrew Peterson, sung by Jill Phillips.

A Labor of Love

It was not a silent night
There was blood on the ground
You could hear a woman cry
In the alleyways that night
On the streets of David’s town

And the stable was not clean
And the cobblestones were cold
And little Mary full of grace
With the tears upon her face
Had no mother’s hand to hold

It was a labor of pain
It was a cold sky above
But for the girl on the ground in the dark
With every beat of her beautiful heart
It was a labor of love

Noble Joseph at her side
Callused hands and weary eyes
There were no midwives to be found
In the streets of David’s town
In the middle of the night

So he held her and he prayed
Shafts of moonlight on his face
But the baby in her womb
He was the maker of the moon
He was the Author of the faith
That could make the mountains move

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