Friday, December 25, 2009

O Come Let us Adore HIM.

Yes, another blog post about Christmas.  I can't help it.  I'm going to get right to the point.

I don't like singing Christmas songs at church.

Weird, isn't it?!  The reason we go to church is because of Christmas!  Singing Christmas songs at church....I just don't like it.  I know, I know, it's ridiculous.  That is why I was SO happy when one of my sisters told me the other day, out of the blue, "I don't like singing Christmas songs at church."  I said, "oh my gosh!!!!  Meeeeeeeeee neither!!!  I thought I was the ONLY one!!!"  It was good to know that I was not alone in my thinking.......although I suppose it could run in the family..... ;)

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago at church we sang O Come All Ye Faithful.  Nice, classic tune.  I was REALLY focusing on the lyrics, which is what I do most of the time when I sing a song.  I like to be aware and mean what I'm saying.  The lyrics hit me.  So hard.  I was doing all I could to hold back the tears.

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord.

Do you ever think about the different perspectives of people at the nativity?  Think about how Joseph felt....the girl he was with was pregnant, not by him, but by a miraculous act of God.  The baby was going to be the Saviour of the world.  They were traveling.  Trying to find a place to stay.  Going here and there.  Looking for a vacancy.  It was cold.  It was dark.  Every place they went - no room.  Mary was in labor.  In pain.  Suffering.  Imagine Joseph tired and weary from traveling and chaos from not being able to find a place to stay.  He knew that this was part of the plan, but after things seem to NOT be working out, was he wondering, and shouting out to God?  "THIS is your plan???  God of ALL creation, This is YOUR plan?!!  Why are you letting her suffer?!  This is supposed to be the King of the world!  This is supposed to be a happy moment!  She isn't supposed to be in all of this pain!  Help her!  You say you're in control!  DO SOMETHING!!!"    "I AM."

Sometimes we forget that He is in control of everything.  We don't think He is working on our behalf.   We don't feel like He is there.  We feel like we're alone and He isn't listening to us and hearing our cries.  We blame Him for things that happen in our lives, when things go wrong, when bad things happen, when tradgedy strikes....He's the first one most of us get mad at.  Things don't work out as we all have planned.  They don't turn out the way we all would like them to turn out.  Things don't happen in our timing.  He knows what is best.  Things always work out no matter what things look like on the outside.  The next time I get irritated and aggravated and annoyed and question why He isn't moving, I always want to hear Him saying, "I am".

O Come let us adore him!

I was imagining myself there.  At the miraculous birth of Jesus.  What would I do?  What gift would I bring?   How close would I be able to get to the King?  What would I be feeling?  What would I see?  What would I say?  What would I smell?  What What would it be like to be there???  What would MY perspective be?

I hope everyone is having the most wonderful Christmas ever!!!!


Tiffany said...

I also hate singing Christmas songs at church. I have always felt alone in this feeling!

melody ross said...

BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL....just l like you are. I love you so much...and I love our shared love for our Savior.