Holiday Series: Don’t Waste It
Just one week until Christmas! Here is my final post in this series.
May there be great joy in our hearts as we anticipate the coming of Emmanuel.
Don’t waste Jesus. This might be the only time of year some folks even thinks about Jesus or going to church. This is the only time of year you can hear songs about Jesus on the radio — on the same stations that are usually blasting on about broken relationships and hookups. I hope we don’t waste this brief season on to-do lists, over-spending, and over-eating. I hope we find a way of capitalizing on our culture’s Christmas obsessions and turning them into opportunities for sharing Jesus.
I’m so grateful that these lyrics can be heard throughout this season on a number of area radio stations. I’ve added emphasis to the lyrics that have especially touched my heart this year.
We pray those without hope find hope in Jesus this Christmas.
O Holy Night
O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees!
Oh, hear the angels voices!
O night divine,
O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, o night, o night divine!
Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wisemen from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need,
Our weakness no stranger,
Behold your King!
Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
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 cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord!
Oh praise His name forever!
His pow’r and glory,
Ever more proclaim!
His pow’r and glory ever more proclaim!