One Christmas Eve in 1932, Robert McGimsey attended a midnight church service in New York City and then headed back to his one-room apartment. As he returned that night to his home, he passed the open doors of taverns where people were shouting, swearing and loudly singing. Many people were so drunk they had passed out on the sidewalk in the front of the lively establishments.
"What a strange way to celebrate the birth of the most perfect Person who ever lived on this earth," McGimsey thought. "We seem to have missed the whole significance of His life."
That night McGimsey wrote his thoughts on the back of an envelope. History tells us his words were used to write the beginnings of the popular spirituals. These words should ring out in our hearts this very Christmas season.
Sweet little Jesus Boy,
They made You be born in a manger.
Sweet little Holy Child, didn’t know who You was.
Didn’t know You’d come to save us, Lord,
To take our sins away.
Our eyes was blind, we couldn’t see,
We didn’t know who You was.-Robert McGimsey
Wow~ what a great apology written to the Saviour of the world who came as sweet baby Jesus but left this world as the King of Kings. This Christmas season is upon us and it seems to have rolled around all too quickly. Once again we have the opportunity to look at the birth of the Saviour and stand in amazement of the great love and sacrifice of our Lord. May we not get so caught up in the celebration that we forget the One we celebrate.