OK, all ye misery guts out there, we know it is not true that the little Lord Jesus no crying he makes. Here’s the thing though. I have seen many people over the years cry good healing tears at that line: older people, abused people, folk who have hit the gutter or never got out of there in the first place….it allows stuffed down stuff to surface, as well as a longing too for no more tears.
Only a week tor two ago, I heard an almost exclusively male gathering of men sing it with laldy at The Haven, a place that helps people get free from addictions in the Name of Jesus Christ. Some of their stories almost unbearable to hear let alone live through. “Away in a Manger” sounded like the song of a marching fully clad army with blazing weapons! Astonishingly blessed!
So, all ye demythologising zealots, allow us to sing “no crying he makes” and forbid us not. Myth sometimes takes us deeper into reality than scowling faced, bald, angry truth. Yes, I know you think emphasising that the baby Jesus cried like us would surely help the hurting more, but the “surelys” of our hearts have a logic of their own that the “surelys” of our minds don’t always quite get.