Merry Christmas

Christmas is a great time for family and friends to gather together in joy. Even more importantly, it symbolizes the event in which God gave us the Gift of Salvation through the birth of our Savior. We are no longer living under a death sentence. He will give us an eternal purpose and an eternal life, if we accept.

I am sure we all realize that none of us knows the exact date of Jesus’ birth. It almost certainly was not December 25, but really, who cares. What matters is, that we take a day out of the year to commemorate and celebrate the birth of the Savior.

The Christmas holiday is also perhaps the greatest secular, family, and societal holiday as well. Those facts remain true, although they are often under assault.

It is also true that some of the symbols of that secular Christmas, are pagan in their origins. Such as the Christmas tree. The vast majority of people do not know that, and they have zero thoughts of any sort of pagan worship when they join together and decorate that family tree. The tree has come to represent a season of giving and happiness, as well as the coming together in choosing it and decorating it.   

Children are featured on Christmas and why not, Jesus came to us as a child not an adult. God on earth in the form of a new born baby.

Many of you know my appreciation for great song lyrics. I have loaded the pages of this blog many a time with words I found provocative or illuminating in various songs. Such is certainly the case with several Christmas songs.

Below is one of the most powerful. It is called Mary Did You Know? The answer is yes she did, as she was informed by an angel. 

The lyrics are even more powerful when heard with the music which was written to accompany it. This song with that music and a great singer/stylist, is amazing in what it asks, and in what it plainly states. 

Mary, Did You Know?

Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you (the previous line that is in bold type, is one of my favorite lines in any song ever written)

Mary did you know that your baby boy would give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little baby, you kiss the face of God

Mary, did you know (Mary, did you know)
Mary, did you know (Did you know)
Mary, did you know (Mary, did you know)
(Mary, did you know) (Mary, did you know)
(Mary, did you know)
Mary, did you know

The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the speechless will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
That sleeping child you’re holding is the great I Am

( the term “I Am“, is letting us know that Christ is in fact, the one and only God. God  reveled Himself using that phrase when speaking to Moses)

Mary, did you know (Mary, did you know)
Mary, did you know (Mary, did you know) (Mary, did you know)
Mary, did you know
Mary, did you know

The verse below is from the Old Testament, well before the birth of Christ.  The name Immanuel, means “God with us”.

 Isaiah 7:14
“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and we will call Him Immanuel.”

 Next we have one of the best known Christmas songs, called O Holy Night.

1. 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 world1 rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;

Chorus
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.

2. 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 come the wise men from Orient land,
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our friend;

Chorus
He knows our need, To our weakness no stranger!2
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! your King! before him bend!

3. 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!

Chorus
Christ is the Lord, then ever! ever praise we!3
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!

Merry Christmas and God Bless,
Wayne 

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2 Responses to Merry Christmas

  1. Darlene says:

    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Blessed & Merry Christmas Wayne. This is a most beautiful post for the Holy Christmas Season. We sing both of these songs during our Christmas mass every year, always my favorites. God Bless! 🙏🎄🙏🎄🙏

    • Thank you Darlene!! I hope your Christmas was blessed and wonderful. As an old rock and roller with a bit of country mixed in, I can now say that there are hymns which occupy the top of my list. Especially those two.
      God Bless,
      Wayne

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