Will you sleep through the alarm?

Because of the season, I hear “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” a lot. But that simple phrase keeps placing another, more troubling song on my heart. Casting Crowns has a beautiful song inspired by the original hymn.

It is such a dead-on reflection of how we are becoming – or have already become…

Yes, this is a season of celebrating and joy.

But, let us not forget, that, sadly, there are many whose celebrations will be empty and void of the One who is the center of it all. My heart breaks and aches over the fact that so many people do not know this One who became Flesh two thousand years ago.

Oh, that this nation would be aroused from it’s slumber…

I have posted the lyrics and a video so you can listen to the song. (The video is not by Casting Crowns – someone created it to go with the song)

Listen to it prayerfully. And remember those you know who are celebrating Christmas without Christ.

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an ever lasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight, tonight

Oh Bethlehem what you have missed
while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh little town of Bethlehem
you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only son
The Way, the Truth and the Life had come
But there was no room for Him
in the world He came to save
Jerusalem what you have missed
while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world
is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
While we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while lying there in the dark
There’s a shout across the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away
in the night, in the night
America what will we miss
while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King

Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

Written by Mark Hall
2005 Club Zoo Music (BMI) / SWECS Music (BMI) (adm. by EMI CMG Publishing)


  1. What a beautiful video to watch first thing my Monday morning. Thank you for sharing this. Over half of my relatives that I will be spending Christmas with are not Christians, it really saddens me.

  2. Flipflop Mamma says:

    We have this CD, it’s really great. I totally understand what you mean. My hubby’s best friend is not a Christian, he used to be, he was even a youth minister once…but now does not believe in Christ. It just breaks my heart that he’s one of those people who says “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas.”

  3. That is very powerful!

  4. I haven’t heard this. It is really good. The video really goes well with it. It really makes you think.

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