Nov 20, 2020

Christmas Songs for All-Year Long

Behold the Lamb

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already excited about singing all my favorite Christmas songs! I love singing about the sleigh rides, chestnuts roasting, and especially of the angels singing, “Glory to the new-born King.” But my favorite Christmas album of all is actually one I love to listen to year-round, and I think you might too!

“Yeah, right.” I can hear some of you moaning about how sick and tired you get after just one month of the same ol’ Christmas songs on repeat everywhere you go. I get it. But these Christmas songs will carry your heart and mind to far grander places than any Winter Wonderland.

The album begins with an invitation:

“Gather ‘round ye children come
Listen to the old, old story
Of the pow’r of Death undone
By an infant born of glory
Son of God, Son of Man”

The album goes on to tell the oldest and greatest of all stories, the one BIG story of all of History, with Jesus as the main character, both in the Old Testament and the New. This Christmas season, I want to invite you, encourage you, even challenge you to find a copy of the album “Behold the Lamb of God,” by Andrew Peterson. Look for it wherever you typically get your music, or order it here. Then listen and let the words sink in. But my challenge to you is not just to listen to one or two songs. Listen to it straight through, one song after the other, the whole 41 minutes. Then give it a couple days and listen to it all over again. Listen and let the glorious words of the greatest Story ever told sink into your own heart, and remember that through faith in Jesus you’re now part of God’s great Story too!

I’ll be honest, it took me quite a while to really appreciate the full album. There’s a uniqueness to the sound that didn’t automatically appeal to my ear. It may be the same with you. But give it time. Allow the words to sink in deeply. Pray that God would make this greatest Story of Jesus’ coming fill you with joy as you grow more and more in knowing and loving the “infant born of glory,” who came to conquer your sin, and death forever.

We’ll be singing three of the songs from this album during our Christmas program “Heaven and Nature Sing,” coming up on December 6 at 4:30 pm. I hope you’ll plan to come and invite a neighbor or friend to come too! Remember to dress warm, because we will be outside this year. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on too!

Here’s one of the songs we’ll be singing. I hope you’ll go and listen to the rest of them too!

Hallelujah, Christ is born!