Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas message

I received this email from a young friend only a few minutes ago. I thought it was both eloquent and beautiful, certainly worth passing along.

I hope there is peace in everyone's hearts within the Christmas hustle or bustle(or chaos for those who know retail;). I haven't written anything like this in a while, so comments or criticism are welcome. Well, here goes...I was just thinking lately how easy it is to sing a Christmas carol, and to not really notice how deep and profound the words are, then when you really think about it, you're totally blown away w/ how dear we are to God. I mean what are famous singers or people who only go to church twice a year thinking about? Hoping that it'll make the album sell well? The God-shaped void whispering to them? That they're on key? Or even gosh, can they hurry up so I can sit down? In this crooked world, Satan tries to commercialize this sacred holiday so we can forget about what it's really about. Here's what one of my favorites carols,"O Holy Night," means to me.

O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining...
- God uses His creation to show that this is no ordinary night.

It is the night of our dear Savior's birth...
-the main event!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining...
- A world lost in sin and yearning for something real

Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth...
- Our answer is in Christ and through Christ we are worth something more

A thrill of hope a weary world rejoices...
- Yes, we can hope for something better and rise above the sin that weighs us down

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn...
- We have a new beginning!

Fall on your knees!
- humbly we come to the King of Kings

Oh, hear the angels' voices!
- The heavens sing praises on Earth

Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born;
- It was indeed a divine night when Jesus came to Earth as a child to save us all

Oh night divine, Oh night, Oh night Divine.
- With a loss for words in awe of it all, all that can be said is oh night divine.

Best Christmas wishes to you all! Each and everyone of you have been more of a blessing than I could ever imagine! May God's love become more apparent to you this year than any other year! (( ))<- hugs!

With love, Anna

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