(a shepherd watching his sheep, image lifted from hearttowardhome.com)
(Note: I would like to share some of the old true Christian songs celebrating the birth of Christ, from our childhood. It’s unfortunate that in the rush and cacophony of today’s modern generation, we’re bombarded with so many so-called “Christmas music” which has nothing to do with the fullness of the grace of Jesus’ birth – for God to become Man, to die on the Cross for our sins, so that whosoever believes in Him will have eternal life. I ask you to see for yourself, my friends, if the songs that you hear on the radio, or play in your iPhones, tells the story of Jesus’ birth, or something else, totally unrelated to that event 2,000 years ago. May God in His mercy and grace, guide us to a deeper understanding of the birth of Jesus, that we will be blessed and will receive exceeding joy as we reflect on His message this Christmas …)
It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold!
Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From heaven’s all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing.
And ever o’er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.
Yet with te woes of sin and strife
The world hath suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love song which they bring:
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.
For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the Age of Gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And all the world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.