Monday, December 24, 2012

It's Chrissm Eve!

I have been thinking a lot this year about the wonderful fact that if there was no Easter, there would be no Christmas. Christmas isn't just a celebration of the birth of a baby, it's the celebration of the life of that baby and that baby's ultimate mission - to be our Savior.

I was blessed enough to sing the following song when I was at BYU and I have never found another way to more accurately express my feelings about Christmas. Music like this puts my soul into focus and helps me feel the divinity in me and in those with whom I sing. It's an indescribable experience.

This is just the audio recording. I've included the lyrics to read while you listen (it's best with earbuds in).

Carol of Joy
lyrics by Eileen Berry and music by Dan Forrest Jr.

Green leaves all fallen, withered and dry;
Brief sunset fading, dim winter sky.
Lengthening shadows,
Dark closing in...
Then, through the stillness, carols begin!
Oh fallen world, to you is the song--
Death holds you fast and night tarries long.
Jesus is born, your curse to destroy!
Sweet to your ears, a carol of Joy!
Pale moon ascending, solemn and slow;
Cold barren hillside, shrouded in snow;
Deep, empty valley veiled by the night;
Hear angel music--hopeful and bright!
Oh fearful world, to you is the song--
Peace with your God, and pardon for wrong!
Tidings for sinners, burdened and bound--
A carol of joy!
A Saviour is found!
Earth wrapped in sorrow, lift up your eyes!
Thrill to the chorus filling the skies!
Look up sad hearted--witness God's love!
Join in the carol swelling above!
Oh friendless world, to you is the song!
All Heaven's joy to you may belong!
You who are lonely, laden, forlorn--
Oh fallen world!
Oh fearful world!
Oh friendless world!
To you,
A Saviour is born!

I know He came, He lived, and He redeemed us. I am humbled by His example and grateful for His love. I hope you're able to feel of that love and take time to reflect on what His life means to you this Christmas.


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