Saturday, December 25, 2010

O Holy Night

Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:9-12

Merry Christmas Everyone! I hope you all have had a beautiful day. My day has been wonderful and I thank God for another year to spend with my family and loved ones. Most importantly, I am grateful to God for the best gift of all, His Son Jesus. I pray that each of you truly experience the joy and peace found in Jesus, who is the reason for this Christmas season.

I want to share the lyrics to one of my all time favorite Christmas songs, O Holy Night. We hear it all the time - on the radio, playing in department stores, and on Christmas specials, sung by celebrities with great voices, but in hearing it so often, it is easy to miss the true meaning of the song. The lyrics are absolutely powerful (the last verse is my favorite). I went looking for it on YouTube. It took awhile to find a video that I was happy to share with you all. Many people sing O Holy Night, but they also sing songs that totally contradict God’s love. I finally found a version by Taranda Greene, who is incredibly anointed and sings her heart out for Jesus. It’s a Christmas medley, but O Holy Night begins at 3:19.
O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the 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 divine! O night, O holy night!

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 lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

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,
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!

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13

Merry Christmas!!!

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