wife to Jake, mommy to my 3 crazy munchkins, Lily (7), Jonah (5.5) and Kate (4). Taking this crazy blessed life one day at a time.


"O Holy Night"

Do you ever hear a song for years and years, sing along even, without really listening to the words?

A song came on the radio this morning. One that I have heard thousands of times. One that I love and love to sing. 

But this morning it hit me in a new way. 

I turned it up, louder than I normally would, and listened. I heard each word and let it sit with me and sink in. I began to sing along, beginning to feel a bit choked up by the hugeness of the lyrics and their meaning. 

So often, we sing along to songs because they are familiar or have a good beat. I do it all the time. I sing along, without actually realizing what I am singing or what the words actually mean. 

I will be playing this song over and over today, letting the words soak in, trying to get my head to fully understand. It is after all, the true meaning of Christmas. 

Read through the words. I mean, really read them. It gives the song new meaning. 

O Holy Night
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
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.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, o night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us love for 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.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

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