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 at home 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:
When we look at babies–even the tiniest of babies–don’t we sometimes imagine what they’re thinking or feeling at the moment?

In college, I was taught that thinking is impossible without language, because thinking involves talking silently 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 exception? After all, he was half-God. Couldn’t God the Father have “programmed” Jesus with some special abilities that went beyond normal human capabilities?

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

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

If you have any thoughts about these ideas, please leave a comment.


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I’ll be back again next Wednesday.

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’s young adult novels, Found in Translation and Lost in Dreams, came out in 2011. The Devil and Pastor Gus just came out, and he has eight unpublished manuscripts.
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