This song was written by Harley Allen, and was recorded by Alan Jackson & Alison Krauss… included on Jackson’s album, Honky Tonk Christmas.
Harley Lee Allen (January 23, 1956 – March 30, 2011) was an American bluegrass and country singer and songwriter. Allen was born in Dayton, Ohio; the son of bluegrass performer Red Allen. Allen appeared on several 1970s albums with his brothers as the Allen Brothers; he recorded 3 solo albums. He was most known for providing background vocals on the song “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. He won 2 Grammy Awards for that recording in 2002, in the Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and Album of the Year categories.
Allen died of lung cancer at his home in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American country singer and songwriter. He is known for blending traditional honky tonk and mainstream country sounds, and penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, 3 greatest hits albums, 2 Christmas albums, 2 gospel albums and several compilations.
Jackson has sold over 80 million records, with 66 titles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart; 9 were certified multi-platinum. He is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and a nominee of multiple other awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.
Alison Maria Krauss (born July 23, 1971) is an American bluegrass-country singer and musician. She entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by age 10 and recording for the first time at 14. She released her first solo album in 1987. She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS), and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.
She has released 14 albums, appeared on numerous soundtracks, and helped renew interest in bluegrass music in the United States. Her soundtrack performances have led to further popularity, including the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, an album also credited with raising American interest in bluegrass, and the Cold Mountain soundtrack, which led to her performance at the 2004 Academy Awards.
As of this writing (2018), she had won 27 Grammy Awards from 42 nominations, tying her for the second most awarded living recipient alongside Quincy Jones, second only to classical conductor Georg Solti, who holds the record for most wins with 31. She is the most awarded singer and the most awarded female artist in Grammy history.
This song looks at Christmas from Heaven’s perspective. The Incarnation means Jesus was God before He was man.
Bible Reference… Luke 1:35; John 1:14; Romans 8:3; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:6,7; Colossians 1:15; 1Timothy 3:16; 1John 1:1,2
They came from near, they came from far; following a distance star to where He lay.
Not being sure of what it meant, but knowing it was their way…
And the creatures gathered ’round and didn’t make a sound.
And the angels cried…
The angels knew what was to come; the reason God had sent His Son from up above.
It filled their hearts with joy to see, and, knowing of His destiny, came tears of love.
I’ve often thought about that night, and wondered if they realized that star so bright
was sent to tell all the land the Son of God would soon become the Son of Man.