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Snow at Christmas!

Firstly let me wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and exciting New Year 2010!

I sit writing this message looking out on the deep snow that has fallen around my home, the birds are feeding on the food we have laid out for them and the sky is overcast.   It has remained dark and grey almost all day.   I am now on holiday from work for 2 weeks and I hope to spend some it of doing absolutely nothing, or at least the nice kind of something that makes me ease up and relax a bit.

I have been contemplating Christmas a bit and one question that came to mind is ‘what is your favourite Christmas Carol’?  I love carols ans well organised carol singing.   The theology that exists in these simple yet insightful songs is quite remarkable.   One favourite line from ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ is ‘The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight’.

Of course with snow at Christmas time then another carol springs to mind, one with equally sound theology and with words which call us to be like the one who came to reconcile us to God once again

See amid the winter’s snow, Born for us on earth below,

See the tender Lamb appears, Promised from eternal years.

Chorus

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn!

Sing through all Jerusalem, Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies He who built the starry skies;
He who throned in height sublime Sits amid the cherubim.

Say, ye holy shepherds, say What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep On the lonely mountain steep?

“As we watched at dead of night, Lo, we saw a wondrous light; [1]
Angels singing peace on earth Told us of the Saviour’s birth”.

Sacred infant, all divine, What a tender love was thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss Down to such a world as this.

Teach, O teach us , Holy Child, By Thy Face so meek and mild,
Teach us to resemble Thee, In Thy Sweet humility!

Wishing you the greatest gift ever to grace our Christmas time, the gift of a saviour whose prime purpose was to die for us and make us fit to be with Him in heaven.

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