The hands that first held Mary's childAuthor: Thomas H. Troeger (1985)
Published in 4 hymnals
1 The hands that first held Mary's child
were hard from working wood,
from boards they sawed and planed and filed
and splinters they withstood.
This day they gripped no tool of steel,
they drove no iron nail,
but cradled from the head to heel
our Lord, newborn and frail.
2 When Joseph marveled at the size
of that small breathing frame,
and gazed upon those bright new eyes
and spoke the infant's name,
the angel's words he once had dreamed
poured down from heaven's height,
and like the host of stars that beamed
blessed earth with welcome light.
3 "This child shall be Emmanuel,
not God upon the throne,
but God with us, Emmanuel,
as close as blood and bone."
The tiny form in Joseph's palms
confirmed what he had heard,
and from his heart rose hymns and psalms
for heaven's human word.
4 The tools that Joseph laid aside
a mob would later lift
and use with anger, fear, and pride
to crucify God's gift.
Let us, O Lord, not only hold
the child who's born today,
but charged with faith may we be bold
to follow in his way.
Source: The Worshiping Church #144
|First Line:||The hands that first held Mary's child|
|Title:||The Hands That First Held Mary's Child|
|Author:||Thomas H. Troeger (1985)|
|Notes:||Poem; suggested tune: KINGSFOLD|
|Copyright:||© 1985 Oxford University Press|
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #115||The Hands That First Held Mary's Child||The hands that first held Mary's Child||KINGSFOLD||Thomas H. Troeger||CMD||Matthew 1:18-25||2010||God the Son | Christmastide; Christian Year-Christmastide ||
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #170||The Hands That First Held Mary's Child||The hands that first held Mary's child||KINGSFOLD||Thomas H. Troeger, 1945-||C.M.D.||Matthew 1:18-25||1996||1st Sunday after Christmas | ; Christmas | Birth|
|The Worshiping Church #144||The Hands That First Held Mary's Child||The hands that first held Mary's child||Thomas H. Troeger||Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:24; Matthew 13:55; Mark 6:3||1990|
|Worship and Rejoice #237||The Hands That First Held Mary's Child||The hands that first held Mary's child||KINGSFOLD||Thomas H. Troeger, 1945-||C.M.D.||John 19:17-24; Mark 15:22-32; John 1:14; Mark 6:3; John 1:1; Matthew 13:55; Luke 23:33-43; Matthew 1:24; Luke 2:28; Isaiah 7:14||2001||Labor & Leisure ||