sin and error pining.

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 appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angels voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born;

O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

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 shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

 

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so, if you know me at all, you probably know that i really can’t stand christmas music. but for some reason this year, i cannot listen to the song “O Holy Night” without crying. i heard it for the first time this season when i was coming home from thanksgiving dinner, and there i was, driving a mini van on broad street, bawling my eyes out. and i know exactly why…

 

that song reminds me of christmas eve services at monument heights, which was the church i grew up in. (see, i can’t even start typing that sentence without my eyes welling up…) every year, without fail, dr. c would sing that song at the end of the service. we’d all be standing there with our candles held to the sky, and in that moment, every single year, i knew love at christmas.

 

i’m going to a different church now, (we’ll save that for another post) and this advent season, the sermons titles are taken from different lyrics in different christmas carols. this sunday, was “sin & error”, which is a lyric from this song. we sang the song during the offering, and of course, again, in a pew by myself, in the back of the church that i’m falling in love with, i found myself crying yet again because of all of the emotions and memories that i have tied to this song.

 

pastor david got up to preach, and he said some pretty powerful things that spoke right to my heart. he started talking about the lyric that says “long lay the world in sin and error pining”, and how our world is full of sin and error and wrong doings. but then, he focused on the lyric that follows that… the one that says: “til He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.”

 

He appeared hundreds of years ago, as a tiny baby, in a manger. He appeared to the broken, to the hungry, to the forgotten. He appeared on a cross, to die, for you, and for me. In all of the ways that He’s appeared, our soul’s have felt worth because of His presence in our lives.

 

That phrase for me, changed my entire mindset about Christmas.

 

My soul has worth… and I’ve felt it. Yes, there may be sin and error in the world, but I’ve got a savior. My heart is spoken for.

 

I pray that this Christmas season, and in all seasons of your life, that you truly feel that worth down deep in your soul. We all have a purpose. We were all created for something greater than ourselves, and this life is a gift, this moment that you’re breathing right now is a gift.

 

It would be a shame to waste it…

 


 


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