20061212

Christmas Worship songs

I often get smirks and smiles when I whistle or sing Christmas carols in June or July. I love Christmas carols. Silent night, Away in a Manger, even The Little Drummer Boy. I am often told "It's not Christmas time". But why shouldn't we (Christians at least)? Take the time this year to listen to the lyrics of the songs... I am not referring to Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer or Here Comes Santa Claus. Tune into the ones on a Christian radio station and meditate on the lyrics. What powerful truths are there. They are not merely seasonal songs - they are worship songs. They are proclaiming the truth of God come to the Earth in the form of a baby. And not just to experience what His creation is like - but to reach out and touch, to teach, to lead. He has taken the steps to lower Himself and be among us, as one of us. I really want to go see The Nativity Story. I want to glimps what it might have been like for Mary and Joseph. I want to imagine Jesus at the same age as my children now. And think about this... he was still fully God! Did He know it? Did He see what His future was about? Did He just dive into the study of the scriptures? The only picture (that I can recall off the top of my head) is the story of when His parents went to the temple and accidentally left Him behind. But he was not off in the corner crying, He was about His Father's business. And then when His ministry began... culiminating at the cross. I was thinking this morning, "why are there no Easter carols?" but there are - any good song about what Christ has accomplished on the cross. Preach to yourself daily the miricale of Christ being born, and what He accomplished on our behalf - on the cross. Updates: None Verse for today: Luke 2 : 9-14, ESV And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” [3]

1 comment:

BigMama said...

My favorite "rediscovered" Christmas hymn has been "Hark, the herald angels sing."

How do you get much better than a line proclaiming, "God and sinner, reconciled." What an amazing, indescribable truth! Trying to get my mind around that is both thrilling and impossible. I love it!

~A