Labor of Love

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  1. Joshua Rhodes

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    I came across this song in my preparation for Christmas. I think the lyrcis are powerful, and it's a pretty song. What do you think?

    To hear it, follow this link... http://www.andrew-peterson.com/music.php
    Go down to "Behold the Lamb of God" and OPEN PLAYER. Click on "Labor of Love."

    Labor of Love
    Andrew Peterson
    Sung by Jill Phillips and Andrew Peterson on "Behold the Lamb of God" (2004)

    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

    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
    For little Mary full of grace
    With the tears upon her face
    It was a labor of love

    It was not a silent night
    On the streets of David's town
     
  2. PJ

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    Loved it! Thanks so much for sharing, Joshua. :thumbs:
     
  3. Aaron

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    I can't say it appealed too much to me. My first impression was that it glorifies Mary, not Christ, and it might be argued that it's saying Christ was a fruit of Mary's devotion. I don't know if I'd go that far, but it's close. I think a Roman Catholic could easily take it there.

    It's not distinctly Christian enough for me to be used in a Christmas service.
     
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    I think its really pretty. And as part of a musical, it probably doesnt deify Mary.
     
  5. Aaron

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    I liked the Matthew Begats song on the same album. :type:
     
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    I think if I were directing a Christmas play about the Nativity, that Matthew Begats song would be a great intro. The Narrator could be a kind of troubadour.
     
  7. Joshua Rhodes

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    I did think "Matthew's Begats" was very different and great!
     
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    Wow -- what great words. I'll have to open the link and find the music. I'm sorry -- I don't know how it is "Christian enough." Hope you are able to use this.
     
  9. Joshua Rhodes

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    I decided not to use it in our choirs' Christmas presentation. One of my ladies is going to sing it in our 12/23 evening service. I really like the song... especially the light in which it portrays Joseph.
     
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    Hey, thanks for the link! Great stuff.
     
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    Thanks... I just bought and downloaded Randy Travis' version of the song from Buy.com
     
  12. BrotherBill

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    I listened to it and I think it was awesome! Thanks for sharing Brother Joshua
     

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