It’s that time of year. Is Santa Claus coming to town or is it “Joy to the world the Lord is come”? I grew up with the Christmas story: of a baby born in a manger; of shepherds abiding in the fields watching their flocks at night; of fear and joy; of good news and angels in joyful chorus singing glory, proclaiming peace on Earth and God’s favour to all.
In the last few years I have written several songs based on the Christmas story as new aspects of the story of that first event have been impressed on me. I find that song is a great vehicle for me to express those fresh impressions. I have re-read the Christmas story [Luke 2:1-20], several times in the last two weeks. This time around I am struck by the line: “Peace on Earth to men on whom His favour rests”. For me there is a freshness in the reminder that we are the recipients of God’s favour. Favour – to regard with especial kindness or to show goodwill toward someone. Grace is often described as unmerited favour. Favour – we did not deserve it. We did not ask for it. He gave it to us anyway.
Why? 1. Because it is God’s nature to love, to give, to show grace. 2. We need His favour to know life as it was meant to be. Here is the catch; the gift of favour only becomes ours in experience if we choose to receive it. There is a song here, still unformed, but pressing in on the corners of my mind. I am hoping it will burst forth soon. In the meantime let me leave you with a song from one of my earlier impressions. I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas! and in the words of Tiny Tim: “God bless us everyone”.
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