Give me Jesus

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What is Christmas all about? What is it that we most need? Later in this week I’m going to be sharing some specific thoughts on what those who are lonely, grieving, depressed, hurting need at Christmas.  Spoiler alert, what we need is joy, deep unspeakable joy.

That joy is found in Jesus Christ and in him alone.  So, I love this old spiritual. It’s not a Christmas carol as such but its focus on the reason for why we have Christmas makes it worthy of a place in our Carol Services.

The words are very simple:

In the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Oh give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Oh give me Jesus

When I am alone
Oh, when I am alone
And when I am alone
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus
Give me Jesus, ’cause it’s all I need, give me Jesus

When I come to die
When I come to die
When I come to die
Give me Jesus

Oh oh give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus
All I need, all I need
Always Jesus
You can have all this world
You can have all this world
You can have all this world
Give me Jesus

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