Sometimes, the second verse is the one to pay attention to...

He came down to earth from heaven,

Who is God and Lord of all,

And His shelter was a stable,

And His cradle was a stall:

With the poor, and mean, and lowly,

Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

Following on from Jim Wallis on where the spirit of Christmas really is being lost, countering the Fox Newsies...

I was at work's carol service today, where, as you do, we sung 'Once in Royal David's City'.  You know the one, tends to start with a beautiful solo, lovely imagery of Mary and Jesus, ends with a fabulous descant.   I love it - it's a favourite of mine. I'm traditionalist about my Christmases, and so I do require there to be Carols from Kings on Christmas Eve (and, frankly, on Christmas morning on the radio), starting with this carol.   But today - and maybe it was just having read that blog post yesterday, or the fact that I work at a place that is all about ending poverty and injustice - it was the second verse that really struck me.  With the poor, and mean, and lowly... I hope the likes of Rick Perry and the talking heads of Fox News remember that when they're singing this carol this Christmas.

cutting and pasting: politicians talking about faith