I love lyrics, hence my love for songwriting! And so many Christmas songs are packed full of the best lines. Since (as I’ve shared a little in the past blogs) Christmas to me can so easily turn into just more to do and less to feel, I have been compiling a little list of lyrics that have helped me go to a deeper level of gratitude and meaning this season…Thought I’d share them with you.
1. From O Come Let Us Adore Him: “Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing…” When I heard an incredible worship band sing this song a few weeks ago, this line stood out to me and quickened tears to my eyes. The Father’s intentions, the Father’s promise, finally appearing in the flesh to do what only He could do. It’s a reminder to me that every purpose of God will come to pass, and nothing He dreams up, nothing He attempts, can be stopped. Just like when He said, “Let there be light…” His Word went forth and fulfilled His purpose, and we know His Word will never return void but it will always accomplish the reason for which it was sent! That is true for us today and I say Hallelujah!
2. From O Little Town of Bethlehem: “And in thy dark street shineth the Everlasting Light, the hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.” There He is, bringing brightness, to anyone who would look to Him. As John the Baptist says, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”Every hope, every fear, put in its place now that the promise has been fulfilled. It doesn’t mean all of our hopes and fears are erased, it just means they are prioritized in a more correct fashion–they are fading, they are a passing thought, they are not our necessity. Because of Him, the ups and downs can be neutralized to a certain extent, just like a baby being held on a bumpy ride.
3. From Christmas Don’t Be Late (Alvin!!!): “We’ve been good but we won’t last; hurry Christmas hurry fast.” Oh, this just screams GRACE to me. What else can I say? We’re trying to hold on for dear life to our convictions and our good behavior, but we need a Savior! Quick!
4. From O Holy Night: “Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.” The presence of Jesus makes all the difference to my soul. Whatever I fail at, whatever I succeed at, whoever people think I am, whoever I want to be but am not…because He came, because He loved me enough to die for me, because He lives, my soul can feel its importance, its purpose, its weight. Not because of anything I’ve earned but because He loves me, because He chose me. My heart longs for this for every human on the planet. What would the world look like if every soul felt their individual worth, without money or prestige or dominance or intellect? What if we all understood because of His love, His coming for all, His choosing us all, creating us all and calling us all by name, He proved our souls all have equal worth and our lives deserve equal honor?
5. From Winter Wonderland: “To face unafraid, the plans that we made…” It’s small but powerful! I think of the Proverbs 31 woman who can “laugh at the days to come.” Yes! The plans we have made, the paths we have chosen, the people we’re called to love and serve, the things we take a deep breath and dive into…We can go forward into the new year with peace, joy, perseverance, self control, and all of the other priceless, life changing gifts we are internally granted through daily fellowship with Holy Spirit.
Merry Christmas and may your day truly be filled with Him taking you deeper into His heart.