Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Our weakness is no stranger

Do you have a favorite Christmas song? I do. I know it's my favorite Christmas song because it always (yes, always) makes me cry. It is the most touching, beautiful song I have ever heard. I typically spend the entire month of December waiting to hear it. The fact that I always cry over a song makes my husband giggle when he realizes that I'm not crying about something sad, I'm crying because something is so wonderful.

But this song always gets me; there's just something about it that has always spoken to me since I was a child. I remember sitting in Midnight Mass at church, waiting for the choir to start singing "my" song. I loved that the choir sang "my" song in my favorite childhood movie, Home Alone. I can't say that I necessarily know all the words by heart, but after looking up the lyrics to post them below, it makes me fall in love with its beauty all over again.

December is a funny time, really. It's dark, cold, snowy and very hectic. We buy gifts, reflect on the year and sometimes, find quiet moments to reflect on the blessings and joy in our lives. That's what Christmas is all about. That and listening to this beautiful song. It's about that, too.

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 Spirit 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, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
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 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 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!


Anonymous said...

O Holy Night is also my absolute favorite! A father and son duo would sing it every year at the Christmas Eve service at my church and it was beautiful. Also, John Berry sings the most wonderful version of this song. So true to how it should sound and it has an amazing voice! Have you heard his?


Anonymous said...

Me too!

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Steph S. said...

That is a fantastic Christmas song - it's my favorite, slower and more serious Christmas tune. I was browsing Barnes and Noble on a snowy night last week, and they were playing Josh Groban's version in the store. I loved that moment! Weird, huh? I'll never forget that evening as long as I live. It was just sweet and magical, and i really kind of "felt" the spirit of Christmas :D


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