Tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., or the lesser known school stabbings in China, make us keenly aware for our need for light in dark situations. Maybe it’s just me, but walking into a shopping mall and hearing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (again), doesn’t do it.
But there are so, so, so many other songs that are sung that this time of year that ground us, that bring us into the true celebration of Christmas and give us courage to face the challenges of this world.
One of my favorite carols is: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”.
It’s slow and sweet and kind. It is a message for those whose hearts break.
The image of a rose blooming halfway through the night is glorious. And that it was all about God keeping His promise (from Jesse’s lineage, as those of old have sung) makes it even better.
Imagine this: a candle in the darkness. When that light is lit, the darkness is overcome. And it can’t happen in the reverse. Light permeates darkness, not the other way around.
So, as you seek to act justly, walk humbly and love mercy, take heart. As the song says:
This Flower, whose fragrance tender
with sweetness fills the air,
dispels with glorious splendor
the darkness everywhere;
true man, yet very God,
from sin and death he saves us,
and lightens every load.
What Christmas carols encourage you?