Christian singer Liz Vice has released a remix of the Christmas carol “Away in a Manger” that focuses on Jesus’ childhood experience as a refugee fleeing King Herod.
Vice posted a video of the remixed song on her YouTube account last week, explaining that the video was recorded at a conference at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
“While waiting to hit the stage to open for the Blind Boys of Alabama, Hannah Glavor (her voice is that of angels) and I recorded a little video, shot by my keys player, Jamelle Houston,” noted Vice in the video description.
The remix version changed many of the lyrics to the original carol. For example, the first verse of the remix version read: “Away from the manger they ran for their lives / The crying boy Jesus, a son they must hide / A dream came to Joseph, they fled in the night / And they ran and they ran and they ran.”
Verse three involves asking God to be near a person “when danger is nigh” and “keep us from herods and all of their lies,” calling Jesus the “Refugee King.”
Matthew Soerens, U.S. director of Church Mobilization at World Relief and national coordinator with the Evangelical Immigration Table, promoted the video on Twitter.
“A beautiful remix of Away in a Manger from @LizViceOFFICIAL focuses on Jesus’ childhood experience as a refugee,” tweeted Soerens on Monday. “If more of our Christmas traditions acknowledged this part of the nativity story, would it change how we respond to those seeking refuge today?”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski