Almost You’re Smiling

Little baby in a manger,
Almost you’re crying.
Can it be you feel the coldness
Of the world You’ve come to?
Do you somehow miss the warmth
You left behind in heaven?
Little baby in a manger,
Almost you’re crying.

Little baby in a stable,
Almost you’re smiling.
Can it be you feel the joy
Of those who wait your coming?
Do you somehow know what hope
You’ve brought to earth from heaven?
Little baby in a stable,
Almost you’re smiling.

About This Song:
[Note: This song originally posted for Christmas 2012]

When we look at babies–even the tiniest of babies–don’t we sometimes imagine what they’re thinking or feeling at the moment? I was taught that thought is impossible without language, because thought is talking to oneself. No baby is born with the knowledge of language. Any language. So it would make sense to assume that babies can’t think.

But still. . .what about Jesus? Wasn’t He an execption? After all, he was half-God. Couldn’t God the Father have “programmed” Jesus with some special abilities that went beyond normal human capabilities?

I suppose He could have, but I don’t believe He did. Being a fully normal baby–and growing into a fully human adult–was an important part of God’s plan. So I believe Jesus cried only when babies normally cry.

Yet if we could have been there in the stable observing Jesus after his birth, wouldn’t we be tempted to assign certain emotions to the looks we saw? Especially from our perspective of knowing who Jesus was and what he had come to earth to do.

The ideas in this song are purely imaginary. I don’t believe Jesus had the knowledge of anything that would make him cry–or smile. But it’s still a thought-provoking song.

You may download a free PDF of the lead sheet for “Almost You’re Smiling” at my website. You’ll find a list of all  my available lead sheets here.

Merry Christmas, and come back again this weekend for more lyrics.

Best regards,


About Roger E. Bruner

Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to write Christian fiction full-time. A guitarist and songwriter, he is active in his church choir, church praise team, and nursing home ministry. Roger also enjoys reading, web design, mission trips, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen. Roger has nine published novels. Four of them are the now-completed young adult Altered Hearts series. Three are quirky romantic novels (as opposed to genre romance novels). The Devil and Pastor Gus is a speculative satire, and Rosa No-Name is a contemporary coming-of-age novel.
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