Wednesday, December 10, 2014

There blooms a rose in Bethlehem

The other day I posted this photo and caption on instagram.
"...and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose" - Isaiah 35:1. St Saviour's Rose, blossoming during advent.

Then last night I decided to listen to the Sovereign Grace Christmas Album Prepare Him Room, and came upon this new song called There blooms a rose in Bethlehem. Excellent. You can see the lyrics below. It borrows much from Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming, and adds to it.

There blooms a rose in Bethlehem

There blooms a rose in Bethlehem
From tender stem hath sprung
Of Jesse’s line this flower grows
As men of old have sung
Isaiah told us long ago
About this rose we’d find
In virgin arms we shall behold
The Savior of mankind

The glories of the heavens
Surrounded shepherds bright
The angels sang, a sign was shown
The Christ was born that night
What mystery they came upon
The sign the heralds laud
In manger slept the Holy One
In flesh, the Son of God

This flow’r in bloom, a scent so sweet
That greets us in the air
It has dispelled with hopefulness
The sting of death’s despair
Foretold, this rose was born to die
But would not see decay
So those who place their faith in Him
Shall blossom from the grave

Words and Music by Neil DeGraide
© 2014 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

You can listen on youtube here. (Though I confess I don't much like that voice or find that recording particularly fabulous - it sounds too strainingly high.)


Rebecca said...

So, so lovely!

Ali said...

And 'tis lovely to know you're still out there Rebecca. Merry Christmas!