Each year I try to write a Christmas letter that tells something of the true meaning of Christmas. One year, my heart was quickened by the words in the familiar carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing. It astounds me that Jesus was born “that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.” Another year, I focused on John 1:14&17, God’s Word became flesh to rescue us, to reconcile us to the Father, through his blood, shed on the cross.
Another year, the line of a hymn that gripped my mind was from “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” written by Gerard Moultrie in the 1800s. The third verse talks about the reason why God came to earth in the person of Jesus — “That the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.” Praise God, we don’t have to be lost in the darkness of sin and unbelief.
In my last year’s blog, I spoke of another Christmas Carol that had great meaning for me. This is the blog I wrote about that:
In the darkness of depression one Christmas Season, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” ministered to me. I imagined the city talking, and felt I could relate. That experience gave birth to the following poem:
I am Bethlehem ... little, insignificant, inadequate in my eyes.
How long have I lain here still, hoping for a glimmer of Your glory,
going through the motions day after day?
LORD, You gave a promise through prophets long ago.
Will Your promise be fulfilled in me? Will my purpose be fulfilled?
Above me, the stars are silent. My heart aches with their silence. I anguish to hear Your voice.
But suddenly! Has the time fully come?
Here You are shining in the dark streets of my heart, driving out gloom!
In Your radiance, You speak, giving Your Word flesh.
Therein my hopes are fulfilled, my fears dispelled.
O Glorious LORD! There is room in me for You! Fill me to overflowing with Your glory.
Shine and speak through me. Make Your music resound through me
that others may know the song You’ve given, the peace You have brought.
Is this my purpose? …that You have come to be born in me?
by Judith Vander Wege
This year, I’m focusing on the scripture in Galatians 4:4-5, that Christ came “In The Fullness of Time.” I’ve written my own song about that.
I hope you enjoy the music and poetry that helps us celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. God bless you all.
Judith Vander Wege