Thursday, December 24, 2009

Little Christmas Gifts

A few years ago, I heard this song on the radio and fell in love with it. I never heard who sang it, and hadn't heard it this year, so I desperately googled the first line of the song and up popped the title and artist. It's totally worth the 99 cents. :) Merry Christmas, everyone!

A poor orphan girl named Maria

Was walking to market one day

She stopped for to rest by the road side

Where a bird with a broken wing lay.

A few moments passed till she saw it

For its feathers were covered with sand

And soon clean and wrapped it was traveling

In the warmth of Maria's small hand.

She happily gave her last peso

For a cage made of rushes and twine.

She fed it loose corn from the market

And watched it grow stronger with time.

Now the gift giving service was coming

And the church shone with tinsel and light

And all of the town folk brought presents

To lay by the manger that night.

There were diamonds, incense and perfumes

And packages fit for a king

But for one ragged bird in a small cage

Maria had nothing to bring.

She waited till just before midnight

So no one would see her go in

And crying she knelt be the manger

For her gift was unworthy of Him.

Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness

"Maria, what brings you to me?

If the bird in the cage is your offering

Open the door, let me see."

So trembling she did as he asked her

And out of the cage the bird flew

Soaring up into the rafters

On a wing that had healed good as new

And just as the midnight bells rang out

And the little bird started to sing

A song that no words could recapture

For its beauty was fit for a king.

Now Maria felt blessed just to listen

To the cascade a note sweet and long

As her offering was lifted to heaven

By the very first Nightingale's song..

- "The Gift" as sung by Aselin Debison

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