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Rolling out the welcome mat

December 22, 2011

In three days it will be Christmas Eve.  As usual, the season has whirled around me and I’ve felt like the magic of it is just out of reach.  Maybe that’s because I’m an adult now and I have to be the magic maker.  Maybe.   But I don’t really think so.

I love Christmas.  I love everything about Christmas.  I do not love what our modern American culture has done to it, but that’s not about Christmas, that is about broken humans who don’t know that they don’t have to behave like orphans.  It is for that brokenness that He came, and I try hard to remember that when people are behaving badly.  I wish I succeeded more often.

It is humbling to know that He came for my broken “try”, too.

I grew up singing traditional Christmas carols in my little small town church in my little small town Ohio.  I know lots, and I know most of the verses by heart, and I know most of the alto lines by heart.  And then there are the Christmas songs that aren’t what one usually hears in church, although I do remember Hilda playing Silver Bells as an offertory every year, and I loved it dearly.  She obviously did too.  I love the old songs, and I love many of the new ones (we won’t discuss that dreadful Christmas shoes song…YUCK!).

My favorite Christmas song isn’t an old one, really.  It is from an album released in 1997, a non-seasonal album, and I love the entire album to this day.  The song has such a tender, sweet sound, and the lyric never fail to give me goosebumps.  Would you like to hear?  It refuses to embed properly, so you’ll have to click on the link.  But it’s worth it.  Really.

Welcome To Our World

That’s Chris Rice singing.  The album was called Deep Enough To Dream and the song is Welcome To Our World.   I’ll share the lyrics with you.

Tears are falling, hearts are breaking
How we need to hear from God
You’ve been promised, we’ve been waiting
Welcome Holy Child
Welcome Holy Child

Hope that you don’t mind our manger
How I wish we would have known
But long-awaited Holy Stranger
Make Yourself at home
Please make Yourself at home

Bring Your peace into our violence
Bid our hungry souls be filled
Word now breaking Heaven’s silence
Welcome to our world
Welcome to our world

Fragile finger sent to heal us
Tender brow prepared for thorn
Tiny heart whose blood will save us
Unto us is born
Unto us is born

So wrap our injured flesh around You
Breathe our air and walk our sod
Rob our sin and make us holy
Perfect Son of God
Perfect Son of God
Welcome to our world

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 22, 2011 7:36 am

    That is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I haven’t ever heard that one before.

  2. December 22, 2011 10:41 am

    This is hands down, one of my many favorite albums and I love this song!

  3. Lisa permalink
    December 22, 2011 7:41 pm

    One of my favorite songs too!

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