This is a tough one. In no particular order, I would include…
–Go Tell It on the Mountain
–Love Came Down at Christmas
–Christians and the Pagans (Dar Williams)
–Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
–O Holy Night
When asked to name my favorite Christmas songs, I always include O Holy Night. It’s one of the songs that we are going to hear in our online Christmas Eve service this year. It’s a powerful song in its musical construction and in its words. The words are deep and broad and always stir something up inside of me.
O Holy night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appears and the soul felt its worth
It’s a need we all carry around with us- to feel worthy.
Worthy of being noticed. Worthy of time. Worthy of the love and care and attention of others. Worthy of the love and care and attention of God.
Things go awry, horribly awry when our souls don’t feel worthy. When that happens, we cause pain and harm to ourselves and others. Relationships break down because when we don’t feel worthy, it is difficult to receive love and support and it is difficult to offer love and support.
Things go awry, horribly awry when we don’t acknowledge the worthiness of the souls of others. When we conclude that certain people or certain groups of people are not as worthy, not quite as deserving as we are, things go wrong.
According to God, according to the song, all of us are worthy. Our worth is not determined by how much money we have in the bank, how many things we have checked off on our to-do list, our GPA, the number of friends we have on Facebook, our tax bracket, the quality of the furnishing in our house, what other people think of us, what we think of ourselves.
Our worth is determined by God and God has deemed us all worthy.
And we know this because of the birth of Jesus. He appears and the soul feels its worth.
Helping another’s soul feel worthy – is there any better work, any higher calling? And, there are so many ways to do it. Whenever we listen to another person – listen deeply and well – their souls feel worthy. When we see another person – stop and look, not just with our eyes but also with our hearts – souls feel worthy.
During this season of Advent and Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the one who appears and all souls feel their worth.
What is your experience of the song “O Holy Night”? What are your top five Christmas songs?
-Written by Amy Miracle
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