Who Sweeps the Stable When Christmas Is Over?

a servant song

Music by Ron Klusmeier
Words by Shirley Erena Murray
Tune Name: HELIN

Lyrics as Poetry

Who sweeps the stable when Christmas is over,
who clears the table, the crumbs of the meal?
Practical people, compassionate people,
people not proud to take basin and kneel.

Who takes the load for the helpless and hurting,
who drives the road when the crisis is there?
People of spirit, compassionate people,
people with hands at the ready to care.

Who are the first to bring calm into chaos,
who tend the worst and restore what is best?
Heart-and-soul people, compassionate people,
saviours and servants, humanity’s test.

God, give us eyes for the needs of our neighbor,
God make us wise to the actions that bless,
being your servants and taking directions,
gladly and instantly answering “Yes!”


Words by
Shirley Erena MurrayCopyright © 2004 by Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois • USA

Audio Sample: Vocal

One verse sung by David Moddle and accompanied by Ron Klusmeier

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Commitment, Dedication
  • Compassion
  • Feast, Feasting
  • Festive, Festival
  • Food
  • Heal, Healing
  • Knowledge
  • Pentecost
  • Service, Serving
  • Spirit
  • Table
  • Teacher, Teaching
  • Thanksgiving∶  offering thanks
  • Volunteers
  • Wisdom

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