Troublesome Carol

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: MT•NELESEN

Lyrics as Poetry

The Christmas Child is a troublesome child,
as troublesome as the Word
that stirred the waters from the deep
and let God’s voice be heard.
The Christmas Child is a spirited child
who questions given rule,
who flouts convention’s pious face,
who laughs and plays the fool.The Christmas Child is a generous child,
extravagant in excess,
who spends the coin of life and hope
to recreate and bless.
The Christmas Child is a dangerous child
when to a prophet grown,
whose vision takes a thorny path,
whose cross may be our own.The Christmas Child is a troublesome child,
as troublesome as the Word
that stirred the waters from the deep
and let God’s voice be heard.
The Christmas Child is a luminous child
whose peace the angels sing,
whose star no darkness overcomes,
whose life lights everything.


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 2011 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA


Audio Sample

TROUBLESOME CAROL
One Verse
(includes 8-bar Introduction
and 3rd Verse Ending)
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Christmas
  • Jesus∶ birth
  • Jesus∶ rebel

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