Advent 2010 – 3

hark, the herald angels singImage by MelvinSchlubman via Flickr
Im still behind with my Advent weeks – ah well, I will do number four in the week. But for now, the third week of advent has been much like the first week, a week of rediscovering Carols. The beeb did a very good programme on “The truth about Carols” and personally, I have been wowed all over again by the carol “Hark the herald angels sing” 
It is, the whole of the christian message – who Jesus is, the purpose of his birth and life. The beautiful truth that God is indeed with us, that he has not and will not leave us abandoned to this life, but instead lives with us, has lived as one of us and is intimately involved in our lives – if we let him. 
I have found it worth reading the carol without the music in order to let the words sink in. And I guess that is also my goal for this Christmas – to stop long enough to let the truth of God reach my heart:

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!

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