It is December 1 and it is the month when we celebrate Christmas!

In a year characterized by stay-at-home orders, quarantine and isolation, it is hard to realize that Christmas is upon us. COVID-19 has played havoc with our calendars, with our sense of time, with disruption of our celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries, … with our life as we knew it.

Things are different now. We don’t have the whole family visiting in person; rather, we do it through zoom conferences. At least then we can see them and hear them. Almost like being together!

But the story of Christmas does not change, even if all else around us is different. Christmas is about the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ, coming as a baby into our fallen world. He came to this world and showed us how we are to live. He taught us what we are to do and how we are to care for our neighbor. He illustrated love, compassion, patience and goodness in all His interactions with people, even when the people rejected Him and hated what He stood for. Moreover, He came for the sole purpose of being the sacrificial offering to pay for the sins of His people. His resurrection from the dead gave proof that He was who He said He was — the son of God and the Savior Redeemer of His people.

All that in mind, for the next 4 weeks we will be focusing on Christmas carols, some of which may be familiar and some may be new, but all will be uplifting as we consider the Babe in the manger.

The first song is one that might not be familiar, but it is an extraordinarily wonderful song telling the story of Simeon, the old man in the temple who had been told that he would not die until he had seen the Savior.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Luke 2:25-35

Listen to Michael Card sing “Now that I’ve held Him in my arms” in this short video presentation. The lyrics are presented below the video panel.

Michael Card singing Now That I’ve Held Him In My Arms

That old man in the temple
Waiting in the court
Waiting for the answer to a promise
And all at once he sees them
In the morning sunshine
A couple come and carry in a baby

Now that I’ve held Him in my arms
My life can now come to an end
Let Your servant now depart in peace
Cause I’ve seen Your salvation
He’s the Light of the Gentiles
And the glory of His people Israel

Mary and the baby come
And in her hand five shekels
The price to redeem her baby boy
The baby softly cooing
Nestled in her arms
Simeon takes the boy and starts to sing

Now’s the time to take Him in your arms
Your life will never come to an end
He’s the only way that you’ll find peace
He’ll give you salvation cause
He’s the Light of the Gentiles
And the glory of His people Israel

Source: LyricFind Songwriters: Michael Card

May you have a Blessed Christmas this year!

Father, thank You for sending Your Son into our fallen world so He could be our Savior Redeemer. Thank You for Your grace, mercy and love extended to us through Christ our Lord.

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