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From the Pastor
holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall; oxen lowing, little knowing
Christ the child is Lord of all. Swiftly winging, angels singing, bells are
ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the child is Lord of all! Christ the child
is Lord of all!
It is astonishing to me how many songs from
Advent and Christmas my children have retained in their short number of
years. As we begin our holiday preparations and turn on the music of the
season, their voices recall lyrics and tunes with ease and our car and home
is filled with a joy that just weeks before was lost to the sleepless
tribulations of daylight savings time. In a way, they (all children, not
just mine!) are a model for us. Here in the darkest time of year, we are
admittedly frostbitten and edging on despair. The woes of the world with its
hatreds and fears, with its fires and floods, feeling the angst of refugee
child and the sorrow of those faced with spending the holy day alone, have a
way of grinding us down. What if, instead of giving in to that easy
hopelessness, we recalled a song, a carol.
How does it feel to let your song bubble up to the
surface, to belt it out as a hymn of protest against the growing darkness?
Could that song becoming flesh, incarnate the presence of Jesus in the
midst of our world at this particular time save us? Might it fill you with
Advent anticipation, with depthless, imagination defying hope? Might it make
you see, feel, and know the joy of promises fulfilled and give you the sense
that this season, these scriptures, and your song gifts you, that Christmas
is wonderfully remaking the world around to a place brimming with Godís life
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises
voicing, greet the morrow: Christ the child was born for you! Christ the
child was born for you!
Last Updated: December 2018