As writers we agonize over the right word for each sentence. We scour the thesaurus determined to find the word that conveys our thoughts, or anchors our point so there will be no misunderstanding, no question as to what we want to say.
Sometimes we hear a word so often it loses its power. In our culture today the words love and hate are flung around for everything. I hate peas. I hate that movie. I hate that place. I love candy. I love to shop. I love that commercial.
At Christmas time, singing carols is one of the joys of the season. I learned the words to them as a first grader. We were given little pink sheets of paper with the words to all the carols and we strolled through my hometown singing at every door.
We all know the words, but often we sing them without thinking about what they really say. After many years at odds with God, he drew me back. That first Christmas after I rededicated my life to Him, I sang the same old carols with the same old words, but this time they were backlit with an awareness, and a knowledge that had been absent before.
God and sinners reconciledVeiled in flesh, the Godhead see
Please with man as man to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel
Light and life to all he brings
Mild he lays his glory by, born that man no more may die
Born to give them second birth
That year those words and verses resonated with me in a way they never had before. I wasn’t just singing nice words to a song. I was ‘seeing’ them and ‘hearing’ them and ‘understanding’ them in a way I never had before. My Christmas Carol Epiphany.
This year when you sing the carols in church or around the piano with your family, or hear them on your radio or ipod, listen to them carefully, let them sink into your spirit and comfort you this Christmas season.
Words are important to a writer. But these words are important to everyone in this fallen world.
Merry Christmas Peace on Earth