What Christmas means to me

Christmas is…
“The dawn of redeeming GRACE”

“PEACE on earth and MERCY mild
God and sinners RECONCILED”

Jesus “Rules the world with truth and GRACE”
He is the “Son of God: LOVE’s pure light”

“Born that man NO MORE MAY DIE”
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth”

“Then let us ALL in one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made heaven and earth of naught
And with his blood mankind hath BOUGHT”

“Let EVERY heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing”

He will “Bless ALL the dear children in [his] tender care
And fit us for heaven to live with [him] there”

So “Hail the heaven-born prince of peace
Hail the son of righteousness
Light and LIFE TO ALL he brings
Risen with healing in his wings”

“Be near me Lord Jesus I ask thee to stay
Close by me FOREVER and LOVE me I pray”

I was at Carols in the Domain last night and I was moved to tears when some of the Christmas carol words that I have sung all my life, hit home to me in a new way. Above, I have quoted my favourite lines as a declaration of what Christmas represents to me personally.

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