1 Who was there to hear good news proclaimed
by an angel from on high?
Who was there to hear the glorias
that rang throughout the sky?
Only shepherds on a barren hill,
caring for their flocks that night;
only shepherds lifting up their eyes
to see the wondrous sight.
2 Who knelt there beside the manger bed
of the new-born holy child?
Who stood round to sing the angels’ song
to Mary, mother mild?
Only shepherds bravely greeting him
who would rule their hearts one day;
only shepherds trusting peace would come
to those who walk his way.
3 Who amazed their friends with stories of
angel songs, incarnate Word?
Who gave thanks and praised God joyfully
for wonders seen and heard?
Only shepherds, simple folk and poor,
on a hill near Bethlehem;
only shepherds wise enough to see
that Christ had come for them.
Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >
Display Title: Who Was ThereFirst Line: Who was there to hear good news proclaimedTune Title: FIRST TO KNOWAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 97.96 DScripture: Luke 2:8-20Date: 2017Subject: Christmas | Shepherds