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Most of my music is original. Because I have lived in small branches for most of my life, I try to write songs that can be performed by a small group or a choir of inexperienced singers.
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I often wonder how Joseph might have felt when he discovered that Mary was with child. Was he worried? hurt? angry? I think he must have been a remarkable man in his own right to become Mary’s husband despite whatever rumors might have surfaced concerning her pregnancy. I think of him as a quiet, humble man – one willing to submit to God’s plan for his life. I can only imagine the weight on his shoulders as he held the Son of God for the first time and realized what a great responsibility was his. In this song, I have imagined Joseph talking to the baby Jesus and pledging to do his best as his foster father.

I have had the opportunity to hear a number of outstanding men sing this piece, and it gives me chills whenever I do. This just might be my favorite Christmas song.

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Lyrics: Jesus, let me tell you of a man <br/>A simple man – a humble man - <br/>Who never thought to play this part, <br/>Just a carpenter who gave his heart to Mary, <br/>Sweet Mary. <br/> <br/>Betrothed, she and I were bound to wed. <br/>An angel came – The angel said <br/>That Mary, pure, would bear a son, <br/>And she and I would be the ones to raise him, <br/>And teach him. <br/> <br/>Chorus: Jesus, can you feel these hands <br/>Caress you through your swaddling bands? <br/>Do you know they’ll work to teach you right? <br/>Can you see inside my heart <br/>And know I’ll strive to play the part <br/>That God has given me – a guardian for Thee. <br/> <br/>Jesus, how I wish that I could see <br/>What lies ahead for you and me. <br/>Though I claim you as my son <br/>I know that you’re the Holy One of Israel <br/>God has promised. <br/> <br/>Chorus: Jesus, can you feel these hands <br/>Caress you through your swaddling bands? <br/>Do you know they’ll work to teach you right? <br/>Can you see inside my heart <br/>And know I’ll strive to play the part <br/>That God has given me – a guardian for Thee. <br/> <br/>God in Heav’n I ask you make me equal to this task, <br/>That I may teach our son <br/>To say, “Thy will be done.”
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