Posted by: LucidMystery | December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night!

As I’m writing this, it probably has technically switched over to December 26th and is therefore no longer Christmas. But that’s ok 🙂  It’s not even Jesus’ real birthday anyway.

I just wanted to throw something out there; and I don’t mean to be trite, or redundant to everything your pastor already said, or nagging like your older relatives. I just want to remind to stop a minute–here in the holiday season, two months from now, on the 4th of July, when you’re picking your pumpkin, or when you’re decorating cookies for next year’s Christmas tree–stop for a minute and remember that He was born. Whether it was on December 25th or sometime in March, that’s not what was important. What is important was that He came at all. And don’t take for granted what a moment that must have been. Really, how often do all the angels of heaven come down here and party like it’s 1999?

No, in all seriousness, stop for a moment, ignore the rest of the world (or turn on Josh Groban if you must) and think about what was going on that first Christmas Day. The God of the universe as a tiny baby born in the lowest level of the house (loosely defined in English as a stable because it housed the livestock on cold nights.)

But what would you have done if you had been there? Ok, so in all honest terms you might not have known to do much. But knowing what you do now, that this baby would grow up and let himself be brutally beaten and killed so that you would never have to know the ultimate cruelty of eternal separation from Him, what would you do? Would you sing every Christmas carol you could think of? Would you join in with the angels? Would you kneel and pray, or even kneel and cry? Not gonna lie, I would probably do the last option, in addition to probably not being able to fully take in that moment. 

So, I’ll leave you with this. It’s a very well known Christmas song, but we sing it so often, I think it has lost its meaning. Read it slowly, let every word sink in, and see if that doesn’t change you perspective on the song a little. And try to ignore if I didn’t write down the words correctly or used a wonky arrangement and didn’t get the line breaks right. It’s close enough 😉

O come, all ye faithful,

Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem

Come and behold him, born the King of angels,

 

O, come let us adore Him,

O, come let us adore Him,

O, come let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.

 

Sing choirs of angels

Sing in exultation,

Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above

Glory to God, glory in the highest

 

O, come let us adore Him,

O, come let us adore Him,

O, come let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.

 

Yes, Lord, we greet thee,

Born this happy morning!

Jesus to thee be the glory given,

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

 

O, come let us adore Him,

O, come let us adore Him,

O, come let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord!

Merry Christmas!! And as overdone as this suggestion is, don’t let Christmas be just one day a year. Yeah, the presents and the turkey and the Red Ryder BB guns, those can be once every 365, but it doesn’t matter when you celebrate the Savior! Just so long as you do, and do so whenever you can!

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