My Growing Appreciation for Christmas Carols

MP900309704As my understanding of God has changed over the years, I have come to dislike many of the church’s popular hymns. Not because they are old fashioned, but because they are bad theology.

Recently, I have come to appreciate the hymns that we (often mindlessly) sing at Christmas time. Even though Christmas is past, we should remember the profound work of Christ in the world which is often expressed in the songs we sing.

Here a few of the carols I like.

No more will sin and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He’ll come and make the blessings flow
Far as the curse was found,
Far as the curse was found,
Far as, far as the curse was found.
(Joy to the World, 4th verse)
 
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas day,
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.
(God Rest Ye Merry Gentlement, 1st verse)
 

And here is my favorite, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day:

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
 
I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
 
And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
 
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”
Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!
 
 
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2 Responses to “My Growing Appreciation for Christmas Carols”

  1. I always forget to take note of song titles when I hear them. I do like the lyrics to “Oh Holy Night” though ..

    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.

    Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
    His power and glory evermore proclaim.
    His power and glory evermore proclaim.

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