The Christmas question is: "Do I leave Him in the manger?" I posed this to my third and fourth graders and challenged them that we don't just think of Jesus at this time of year as a baby. If He hadn't grown up and died and rose again, then we wouldn't have new life in Him. This song tells the story of His birth and what He came to do for us. The third verse asks the audience "Will you leave Him in the manger?" It affirms that they, too, can invite Jesus to give them life and make them whole.
This unison piece is written for junior choir. The range is from the A below middle C to the B above. It includes the lyrics written with melody for the students, and a separate section with words, melody and piano part for the accompanist/teacher.