Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It's Christmas.

Perhaps it's the rhythm of nostalgia threaded throughout each note and word, but I've found the Christmas songs that have been sung by people for centuries contain deep, hidden truths and profound statements that reveal stunning scenes of the Story we celebrate. Here are a few of my favorites:

"Long lay the world in sin and error pining. 
Till He appeared and the Soul felt its worth. 
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, 
For yonder breaks a new and
glorious morn...
Truly He taught us to love one another, 
His law is love and His gospel is peace. 
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. 
And in his name all oppression shall cease."
-Oh Holy Night

He comes to make His blessings flow 
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace, 
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.
-Joy to the World

The Story we celebrate runs deep and wide. It's more than just a manger with shepherds peering in on Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus. It encompasses far more. It reaches back to the Beginnings of Genesis and propels into the "not yet" we still long for. It's 400 years of silence that's broken by a cry in the night. It's a story of rescue founded on the expectation that filled the hearts of God's people as they awaited their King. It changed everything and is still changing things.
It's Christmas.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Repeat the Sounding JOY!

Today is day 1 of the best month of the year, of course. The lights, the music, the Griswalds + Uncle Eddy, the excessive overplay of claymation on ABC family channel and the fullness of joy that resides in hearts this time of year are just a few reasons to smile.

I hope you celebrated...


and maybe even decorated.

I sure did.

Merry Christmas, Y'all!