” … and the train done gone.” What?

The people keep a comin’ and the train done gone. Do you remember an old Christmas spiritual called, Mary Had a Baby? Today, I think on a St. Helena Island Spiritual.

It has deep soul and sweet simplicity: Mary had a baby, yes, Lord,
Mary had a baby, yes my Lord,
Mary had a baby, yes Lord,
People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

There is natural melody, even if the true melody is unknown. But, I can’t stop thinking about, People keep a-comin’ an’ the train done gone.

There was a lot going on then.  (Which doesn’t take away from thae fact that there is a lot going on now.) This story isn’t only about the past, this story is about today, right now, this very moment. Mary had a baby, yes, Lord.

So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. And Joseph also went up …out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to … Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David.” Luke chapter 2:4.

OK, now it makes sense, The people keep a comin’ … but what about the train done gone?

The kids sing it so simply: Mary had a baby. Yes, Lord.  The familiar story, somewhat complete, is found in Luke Chapter 2. Perhaps the Book will be brought out to see if it’s really there. And it’s the same Story every time.

What did she name Him? Yes Lord?
What did she name Him, yes my Lord,
What did she name Him, Yes, Lord, …

“A virgin shall be with Child and they shall call His name, Immanuel.” The Book of Matthew tells us in chapter  1 verse 23.
 Immanuel means God with us. Mary had a Baby and He is to be called, God with us. 

The people keep-a-coming, and the train done gone. Have we missed something. Have we missed the Everything?

With this world spinning out of synch these days.  Just as in that hectic time of Luke 2 verse 1:  “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.”

All the world should be registered? – The people keep a comin’ …

The word of God is living. It’s alive. It rings true yesterday, today, and forever.

Days are busy. We are occupied with important things. But there is urgency in this matter – our eternity is at stake. Perhaps part of us  believes that there’s time to deal with this tomorrow. And do we really have to talk about Jesus?

People here, people there, people everywhere. And, Jesus was born. Not in the inn, but the barn. Maybe the story is in the present.

Joseph went up … out of Nazareth to …Bethlehem … to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

‘Mary had a baby, Yes Lord…what did she name Him? Yes,  my Lord… ‘She named Him King Jesus, Yes Lord, …the people keep a coming but the train done gone.”

Have we put Jesus in the barn?

The birth announcement was made to a few smelly shepherds:

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.” Luke 2:8.

“And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” 

“I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” this is what the angel said.

 A Savior has been born. Not just for that time way back when, but today – the good tidings will bring great joy because “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”  

“…that whosoever would believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

The Immanuel has come. He is Savior of the world. That Babe left all His glory of heaven to be born in a barn and wrapped in a few rags for me. He came down for me. He, left all of heaven and came for you…

‘Mary had a baby, Yes Lord… The King of Kings has come. The glory train arrives today. We much choose to get on.

Mary had a baby, Yes lord!
The people keep-a-coming and the train’s all mine. I see it, and I’ve boarded, will you join me this time?

“Yes, Lord! The people keep-a-coming and the train’s all mine.”



Author: tonirypkema

Wife to 1, mother of 11, daughter of 1. "The most amazing woman in the world." -Jared (son)

1 thought on “” … and the train done gone.” What?”

  1. “Dear Lord Jesus, forgive us that we made no room for you way back then. But perhaps You come in this smelly ‘ol barn of my heart and soften and warm up and shine light in my darkness. Can you change me from ‘hopeless’ to ‘hopeful’ now. Thank You.Help me love You more, my dear Immanuel.”

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