December 23, 2011

Tis the Season to be Jolly

That’s a nice thought, isn’t it? It’s too bad that it’s rarely the case. It seems more and more that people are pretty grumpy during the Christmas season.Traffic getting to the shopping malls is horrendous. People drive like maniacs and cut off other drivers just to get a good parking space. And then there are the people that trample over other people just to get that great deal on that one item that will be obsolete by next Christmas. These people don’t seem so jolly to me.

We all tend to get caught up in the commercial aspect of Christmas that we forget about the true meaning. The birth of our Lord and Savior. O Holy Night is probably my most favorite Christmas song (yes, even more than my other favorite song, ‘I want a hippopotamus for Christmas’ haha!). I leave you with the full lyrics of the song because what you typically hear on the radio is only part of the song. As you celebrate with your families this weekend, take a moment to meditate on the words of this song and remember the true reason for the season.

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’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 soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O 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.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

 

God bless and Merry Christmas!!
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1 comment:

  1. Wow, well said! I've heard so many people in stores say they can't wait for Christmas to be over because they are so stressed. It makes me sad that they have forgotten the true meaning and aren't finding peace during this season.
    Thank you for including this song. It's one of my favorites, too, and makes me teary-eyed sometimes. And the hippo song rocks!

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