Guard Him, Joseph

By: Sally DeFord

Guard him, Joseph, as he slumbers,
There behind the stable doors
Let no errant sound distress him,
Tread thou softly on the floor
Linger watchful round the manger;
Hush thy voice and still the beasts
For thou hast within thy keeping
Christ, the infant Prince of Peace

Guard him, Joseph, through the darkness;
Watching o’er him till the dawn
Bid the shepherds enter meekly,
Sstand in wonder, gaze in awe
Trim thy lamp and shield thy candle;
See they burn all through the night
For thou hast within thy keeping
Christ, the everlasting Light

Guard him, Joseph, from all danger;
Keep thy vigil nigh his bed
Let no harm nor grief befall him;
Stand thou in a father’s stead
When his mother’s arms be weary,
Hold him gently as thine own
For thou hast within thy keeping
God’s own well-beloved Son.


I heard this Christmas song for the first time this year and fell in love with it. I cannot imagine what it would have been like for Mary and Joseph-  to be chosen to be the earthly parents of the Savior of the world. The more I thought about the words of this beautiful song, the more I thought about my own sacred responsibility to guard my own children of God. How grateful I am that we have a loving Heavenly Father that sent his only begotten Son to this earth to be our Savior. I am thankful for Mary and Joseph who welcomed the responsibility of caring for him on this earth. I am so thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and his Atonement for me. I am thankful for a Father in Heaven who entrusted me with two of his children to “guard”.  The words of this song make me want to be a better mother- to protect them from danger, to “stand in wonder and gaze in awe” a little more, to make sure that I teach my children to serve and love others, to know their Savior and Father in Heaven, to feel the spirit, to learn all they can, to be kind to others, and to follow the example of our Savior. So this Christmas I am trying to think about Him a little more, talk about Him a little more, show gratitude a little more, and serve others a little more.

From our family to yours- Merry Christmas!






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