My posts have been erratic at best lately.  The holidays tend to be busy anyway, but I’m also absorbed in a new project, finishing the novel I started for NaNoWriMo.  With all that going on, I’m cutting back on the blog, but only slightly.  Today, for instance, I’m taking a shortcut.

When we get so familiar with something, we tend to take it for granted.  Christmas in general is such a “something”, as is most anything connected with it.  It’s a shame because the story and message of Christmas are so rich and vital.  Case in point: The traditional Christmas carol, “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”.  The song’s lyrics capture so much of the theology, spirit, and reality of the holiday.

Below I’ve reproduced the lyrics to the carol, written in the 18th century by Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement.  The original tune was a solemn one, far from the joyous melody we know so well today, which was borrowed from a Mendelssohn cantata a century later.

Just this once, pretend you are reading the words for the first time.  Read it as a devotional, a poem, a life-changing story.


Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Merry Christmas.


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