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I do love the Christmas season. It can often become overwhelming with traveling, family gatherings, parties, and shopping but even in the midst of all the festivities and activities it is still an exciting time because there are those parties and gatherings with friends and family, and Christmas lights, and cookie decorating, and caroling and hot chocolate and nostalgic music. It is, indeed, a special time.
It’s a uniquely special time for me, too, because I celebrate my wedding anniversary five days before Christmas so there is an added romantic feel every year for me. My kids have also made my Christmas seasons extra joyful because of their daily excitement and longing for Christmas morning as they dream about the gifts they will receive and the reaction of those you will receive gifts from them.
But most importantly, in the midst of the holiday season, is the intentional reminder of the good news of great joy that we celebrate: Christ’s coming. The fulfillment of God’s great redemptive plan finally coming to fruition. The reality that peace with God will finally be made possible through the forgiveness of sins. Christmas is such a precious and treasured time.
And to help remind us of that great rescue plan, we often sing! I love the music of Christmas and one of my favorite hymns to sing every year is “Angels from the Realms of Glory." Embedded in the lyrics is the complete story and picture of redemption. So, I just want to leave the lyrics here for you as you celebrate Christmas this season to remind you of this good news of great joy.
Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.
Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:
Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.
Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.
Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.
Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:
All creation, join in praising
God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising
To th’eternal Three in One.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Have a wonderful holiday season and Merry Christmas!
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