Well, here we are in these special hours as Christmas 2017 is upon us and this is the final blog in my Christmas Carol series. I was really encouraged to receive messages today from people who were inspired by my previous blog – people declaring ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ over their situations this Christmas. I’ve had many arguments with myself about which carol would or wouldn’t make the cut tonight – there are some great carols that I haven’t had the time to blog – not to mention ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’ which is an almighty classic, who doesn’t like the ‘sing choirs of angels’ part or what about the lesser sung ‘See Amid the Winters Snow’ (Hail, thou ever-blessed morn, Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!)
My final choice of carol is ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’. I always associated the carol with a childlikeness – I think the fact you can imagine it being sung at a nativity play, but over the last few years I’ve broken out of the mindset and it captured me much more.
Just scanning through the lyrics, its difficult what point to highlight as a favourite. I think we walk many dark streets in life – yet in those dark streets, we have a need to bring light to those dark places, not just this Christmas time but as our social action for 2018, where our light can bring hope and destroy fear.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.
But one of the main reasons I’ve loved this carol so much for the last few years, is the fact the concluding part ends with a prayer. It’s my prayer every Christmas and of course this one is no exception.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell:
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel.
I’ve blogged much about Joy and Peace over the last few days and I really hope it is central to mine and your Christmas this year, and as we now step into the moment that is Christmas Day, infact as we step over the threshold into a whole new year – our prayer tonight is ‘O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel’.
Thank you for taking your time to read my Christmas ramblings. I leave you with a real traditional version of the song – enjoy it. Penned in 1865 – how ageless somethings remain.
Have a Christmas where Joy and Peace are central – pray that He abides with us in such a time and give thanks for all things.